On Friday, 3 June 2016, François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment and Guy Arendt, Secretary of State for Culture, inaugurated the visitor centre 'Biodiversum' in Remerschen .
The visitor centre 'Biodiversum' is located near the natural reserve 'Haff Réimech' on an artifical peninsula.
This natural reserve, classified Natura 2000 and Ramsar since 1998, is located in a former gravel pits area of 280ha between Remich and Schengen, valued for its ornithological variety as well as its particularly rare flora and fauna. It is one of the most important wetlands as well as the richest area in terms of bird species of the Grand Duchy.
Due to the topography of the site, to the conical shape of the building and the choice of materials, the centre integrates harmoniously into the Moselle landscape. The project consists of two buildings that are distinguished by their shape and function.
François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development, said that the energy concept of the building, which is made entirely of wood, provides an efficient thermal insulation and promotes eco-friendly technologies, notably through an innovative heat pump that draws its energy from the lake water via submerged exchangers. 'The project is a perfect example for the government's strategy: investing in new, sustainable and low in energy consumption buildings.'
The Minister for the Environment Carole Dieschbourg stressed the open nature of this centre: 'The Biodiversum is a gateway to nature and the region and its rare and special natural wealth. The exhibition showcases the value of biodiversity for mankind and the concrete link with our quality of life. It calls for the respect and preservation of this wealth because we protect what we love, and we love what we know.'
The Secretary of State for Culture, Guy Arendt, stressed the importance of bringing natural heritage and archaeological heritage together under one roof. The National Archaeological Research Centre contributed to the project by providing models and archaeological objects from the Moselle valley, ranging from prehistory to the present. Guy Arendt recalled past human migration waves through the Moselle valley in the last millennia: 'For archaeologists, the undeground of the Moselle turns out to be a "'library' unique to the history of our country and that of Europe.'
The permanent exhibition is open daily (except Monday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Source: Press release of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure / Ministry of Culture)