The Weser Lifeline ("Lebensader Weser") is a local government-led urban planning program in Bremen, Germany which aimed to restore the Weser river and its floodplain, and bring it closer to the population as a living river. The program took place between 2007 and 2013 to combat the heavy development of the river, including its long stretches of steep banks that are fortified with stone fills or sheet pile walls. Specific objectives included the restoration of parts of the river bank to the natural state and the creation of habitats for the typical local flora and fauna as well as to create a sandy beach for public use. Impacts include: increased biodiversity, river shore protection and water management as well as improved public access to recreational area close to the water and increased attractiveness of the river landscape. The Senate for the Environment, Building and Transport acts as a contracting authority, allocating the projects to the Bremen Dike Association - an NGO - or the "Planungsgruppe grün", which is an urban planning office.