Mitigation and compensation measures
We take nature conservation into account when building rail infrastructure. Our aim is to avoid interfering with nature and the landscape as much as possible. If adverse effects nevertheless occur, we compensate with compensation and substitution measures. We document all Datano. 59 on these compensation obligations in the online specialist nature protection and compensation information system (Fachinformationssystem Naturschutz und Kompensation; FINK). This enables us to comply with the reporting requirements set forth by the Federal Railway Authority (Eisenbahn-Bundesamt; EBA) in accordance with the Federal Nature Conservation Act (Bundesnaturschutzgesetz). At the end of 2021, we recorded 7,258 projects in the system, with a total of 46,015 compensation measures, including 15,777 measures on species protection. The number of our projects including protection and compensation measures under conservation law increased by about 1,000.