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Landscape Development and Nature Protection


As a human habitat, the landscape is constantly subjected to development. Changing economic circumstances and various socio-cultural developments have had a strong affect on the landscape. Projects undertaken in this research area examine these changes and their causes. At the same time, they attempt to reduce the application-related negative effects of these changes and to understand the development of the landscape as a creative task at the intersection of conservation and change.


List of all projects

  • Assessment of participatory processes in the creation of spatial plan for the Nature Park Medvednica
  • Owls and woodpeckers as indicators for close to nature forest management
  • Silvicultural and ecological potentials of the eastern black walnut (Juglans nigra L.)
  • Indicators for biodiversity-oriented mangement of beech forests
  • Regeneration, structure and land use of decidous Quercus macrolepis forests on Lesvos (Greece)
  • Feasibility study on the designation of the European Greenbelt as World Heritage Site
  • Outdoor Recreation Destinations as Model Regions for Adaption to Climate Change and Protecting Biodiversity
  • Evaluation of species-climate relationships in the Ethiopian moist montane forests
  • EU financing for nature conservation in private forests
  • Beaver recovery and adaptive management
  • Impacts of the National Park Black Forest
  • Floristic compositon and affinities of the Ethiopian coffee forest vegetation
  • Possibilities and challenges for biodiversity assessment in the national REDD+ strategy of Ecuador
  • Examinations of anthropogenic induced biodiversity and structural diversity on selected areas in the Southern Black Forest (Oberer Hotzenwald) and Swabian Alb (Mittlere Kuppenalb)
  • Natural monuments
  • The Sweet Chenstnut in the Upper Rhine region - a tree species connecting people, cultures and landscapes
  • Protection of cultural landscapes using the example of mapping and research from Wölbäckern near Rastatt
  • Hiking hut guest books as an information source for the perception of nature and landscape - A case study on the socio-cultural value of wilderness areas in the Val Grande National Park (Italy)
  • Conservation of traditional fruit varieties along the upper Rhine
  • Ecosystem services of forests under different ownership structures
  • The protection of forests under global biodiversity and climate policy
  • Cultural ecosystem services, quality of life and their role in private land use
  • Landuse planning traditions and their integration with nature conservation instruments
  • Multifunctionality of coppice forests in Rhineland-Palatinate: Aspects of nature conservation and tourism
  • Regional development and land use changes in traditional cultural landscapes – insights from the European periphery
  • Genesis and alteration of historical vineyards, current perceptions and perspectives for their development
  • Historical vineyards project - winegrowing, heritage preservation and nature conservation in tandem
  • Origin and development of low-mountain range cultural landscapes in Germany and Japan
  • Homeland - Landscape perception and landscape utilization by migrants
  • Forest quality in the southwest of Mexico City: Assessment towards ecological restoration of ecosystem services
  • Restoration and extensive grazing of wetlands - ecological and sociocultural evaluation of an nature conservation measure in the Syr floodplain (Luxemburg)
  • Agroforest - New options for sustainable land use
  • Enhancing the value of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 'Upper German-Raetian Limesthrough landscape management
  • Forest expansion versus the preservation of open landscapes in Baden-Württemberg: Processes in space and time, Impacts upon landscape ecology, political control
  • Forest as cultural landscape & biodiversity:
    'Revitalisation of the total dynamic of a traditional coppice with standards as a forest experience concept for recreation forests near urban centres'
  • Prognosis on the expected landscape changes in Mueritz National Park (Germany) and landscape perception of both residents and tourists
  • Analysis of landscape character in the region southern Oberrhein
  • Protection and conservation of cultural-historical elements in the Black Forest
  • Study of the hydrological, ecological and silvicultural conditions that favour common alder (Alnus glutinosa L.) disease caused by Phytophthora fungus in impoundment areas
  • OFFENLAND Research Association: Management of Military Training Bases in the Pleistocene Lowland Areas of Northern Germany - Fundamentals of Nature Conservation and Practical Implementation
  • Alpine Landscape Change in Val Grande National Park and in the Strona Valley. 
  • Identification of the Social, Economic and Ecological Potential for Sustainable Regional Development Using the Apuseni Mountains in Romania as an Example
  • Development of ecological criteria for forest management as a fundament for an incentive-based conservation strategy
  • Development of Military Training Areas in Germany using Baumholder Military Training Base as an Example
  • Historical Use, Ecological and Socio-Cultural Determinants of Natural Regeneration in Open Holm Oak Forests ( Dehesas) in Spain
  • Geographical Landscape Systems in Seefelder Aach (LISA)
  • Forests as a Cultural Landscape in the Context of a Future-Orientated Forestry Economy
  • The Influence of Forest Grazing on Forest Dynamics
  • Cultural Landscape Pilot Project in Hohenlohe, Germany
  • Public Relations in Nature Protection: Participants, Strategies and Effects
  • Integrated Landscape Development for the Former Rocket Base "Pydna"
  • Landscape Ecology and Aesthetic Assessment of Energy Transferral Systems
  • Environmental Studies in the Urban Areas of Cluj Klausenburg, Romania)




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