As the parent company of the IGA Berlin 2017 and future operator of Kienberg Park, Grün Berlin GmbH made the subject of sustainability a high priority during the planning and development process.
Kienberg Hill’s natural spaces, the existing Gardens of the World and the Wuhletal Valley, all of which have evolved over the course of decades, have been carefully integrated into the IGA concept in conjunction with conservation organisations. Ecological construction supervision – including environmentally friendly ground management – guarantees that all work is carried out with the utmost of care and the current natural surroundings are left as undisturbed as possible. In order to safeguard and continually develop the long-term care of the biotope and increase the biodiversity, particularly in the area around Kienberg Hill and the Wuhletal Valley, these areas have been left out of the intensive design measures for the exhibition and linked to the newly established Kienberg Promenade and brought to life as a diverse landscape. Only the floating platform known as ‘Platz am See’ and the Wuhlesteg walkway have been built in the Wuhletal Valley. When positioning the Wuhlesteg walkway, all the relevant parties held intense discussions to agree on a plan and also took into consideration advice from conservation organisations on the biotope situation in the interests of preserving vegetation worthy of protection. A shallow water zone was created on the banks of the Wuhleteich Pond as part of the ecological restoration measures. Among other things, conservationists are populating the Wuhletal Valley with wild plants typical of the habitat and native to natural areas in the Pankow district.
Back in April 2014 a usage agreement was signed between the district of Marzahn-Hellersdorf and Grün Berlin GmbH securing the long-term management of the IGA exhibition grounds and the maintenance and ecological development of Kienberg Hill and the Wuhletal Valley. The aims and measures for the various landscape areas are being drawn up and defined with a wide-ranging maintenance and development plan. Grün Berlin GmbH will continue to encourage broad public participation in important development processes in future in order to cement the long-term identity of the area as a green axis connecting Marzahn and Hellersdorf and further improve the ability of the residents to identify with the landscape on their doorstep.
The future of the unique landscape in Marzahn-Hellersdorf as a green and sustainably designed district of Berlin has already begun. The IGA is setting innovative accents for the urban environments of tomorrow. Through the initiative aimed at introducing a certification process for garden shows in the form of the sustainability certificate, the IGA Berlin 2017 wants to generate a lasting impact and radiate its influence at future garden shows. In this regard, it is also setting an example with its transport planning concept, which includes a large temporary car park on the L33, thereby encouraging visitors to travel to the show by public transport. The catering concept on the IGA grounds is being drawn up with just as much careful consideration and hard work and also includes regional and organic products.
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