Sponsor, financing & project team

Major nature conservation project Kellerwald

Together for nature conservation


We, the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park Association, are responsible for the large-scale nature conservation project.

The large-scale nature conservation project is carried out in close cooperation with the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park Office, HessenForst and the “Region Kellerwald-Edersee eV” association, which coordinates regional development. The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the Hessian Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (HMUKLV) provide technical and financial support for the major nature conservation project.

Numerous representatives of nature conservation associations, agriculture, forestry and administration are also involved in the project.


During the funding phase from 2009-2018, 65 percent of the costs were borne by the BfN and 25 percent by the HMUKLV. The remaining 10 percent had to be raised by the special purpose association as its own funds. A total of 6,6 million was spent in the funding phase.

Since 2018, the measures of the major nature conservation project have been financed by the HMUKLV through various nature conservation funds (e.g. Natura2000, biodiversity and HALM funds) and implemented by the landscape conservation associations and nature conservation authorities. Extensive grassland management was integrated into the “Hessian agri-environmental and landscape conservation measures” (HALM) funding.

Project team

Until 2018, the administrative project management was carried out by Rainer Paulus, managing director of the Kellerwald-Edersee Nature Park Association, and his administrative team, as well as the technical project management by Achim Frede, head of the research and development department in the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park Authority. He was supported by Carsten Müller as project supervisor.

When the funding phase ended, a working group was founded to ensure the long-term security of the large-scale nature conservation project, which is coordinated by Kristin Gampfer, managing director of the association since 2019.

The working group includes representatives from the Upper and Lower Nature Conservation Authorities, the Waldeck-Frankenberg Landscape Conservation Association, the National Park, the Nature Park and the Office for Agriculture.

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