The German pilot region “Oldenburger Muensterland” consists of the two counties Cloppenburg and Vechta and is located in the north-west of Germany, in the federal state Lower-Saxony. In contrast to many other rural areas in Germany, the Oldenburger Muensterland, consisting of 23 cities and municipalities still records a population increase. Due to a comparably high birth rate, the region is one of the youngest regions of Germany. The region also has natural diversity: wooded mountains, a bay-rich archipelago dam, extensive moor areas in the northern district of Vechta and the tranquil river landscape of the Hasetal are examples for this.
From an economic point of view the agriculture and food sector plays a major role in the region with well-connected production, distribution and processing centres. Almost 70% of the whole pilot region area are dedicated as agricultural area.
The rate of house owners is one of the highest in whole Germany. Thus, one focus within the TeRRIFICA-project in the German pilot region is the (re-)design of climate friendly gardens – taking climate mitigation as well as adaptation into account.