The project "Discover the Natural Treasures of South Westphalia"

South Westphalia’s natural treasures are so near, but are known to only a small number of people.

The wonders of nature – a special experience.

50 areas that are particularly suitable for experiencing the wonders of nature are presented to you here: From primeval forest to moors, wet meadows and rocks; from species-rich meadows and pastures to floodplains and near-natural stream valleys. For each area there is a map with suggested routes for hikers and cyclists, as well as information about the area and its flora and fauna. There are also tips about nearby places of interest, so that everybody is able to combine the visit to our natural treasures with other activities.

The project "Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken" was launched as part of the Regionale programme in May 2013. The Regionale is a structural funding programme of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, under which a different region is presented every three years and various projects are implemented to promote that region. The Regionale South Westphalia 2013 was implemented jointly by the five district authorities Olpe, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Märkischer Kreis, Hochsauerlandkreis and Soest, and was organized and coordinated by the South Westphalia Agency. The state of North Rhine Westphalia, represented by the Arnsberg District Authority, took over the financing of the project.

The aim of the project "Discover the natural treasures of South Westphalia" is to develop a multimedia nature guide for the 50 areas. Modern and classic media present the natural treasures. A pocket book was published in autumn 2014. Digital media round off the presentation. In addition to the project website on the Internet, there is a smartphone app which enables you to learn all about the natural treasures and navigate in the areas. From June 2016, it has been possible to call up videos or short audio files at certain points. Communal districts and municipalities can draw attention to the project by means of a traveling exhibition.

The Project Management Organisation is the conservation group Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologischer Umweltschutz  (ABU) in the District of Soest.

The project partners are: