After intensive planning, the Theikenmeer has been the first joint moor protection project that Volkswagen Leasing GmbH and the NABU have been working on together since 2010. The Theikenmeer is around 240 hectares in size and a typical moor landscape with species of animal and plant life that are in part endangered. In 1977 the Theikenmeer was completely dried up. Agriculture and peat extraction had severely damaged the moor. Not only did this have serious consequences for nature, but enormous amounts of climate-damaging gases also escaped from the damaged moor. Rewetting is intended to stop the peat decomposition and enable a revitalisation of the upland moor.
Since the end of the 1970s, the NABU Werlte/Sögel group has been committed to preserving and restoring this protected area. The past 30 years have seen a number of successes. Since 2010 the project funds made available by Volkswagen Leasing GmbH have enabled crucial rewetting phases to be carried out. Large areas have been renaturated since then and the project is nearing completion. This has created the necessary preconditions for the high moorland to regenerate itself. This not only helps the snipes who breed there, but this project also contributes to climate protection. An expert agrological appraisal showed that over 400,000 metric tons of CO2 stored in the peat body would enter into the atmosphere in the long term without any rehydration project.