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New publication: Handbook on Climate Protection and Nature Conservation

Publikation "Klima und Naturschutz: Hand in Hand."
Klima und Naturschutz: Hand in Hand.

Climate protection and nature conservation are interdependent, but also lead to conflicts. The handbook "Climate Protection and Nature Conservation: Hand in Hand" (in German) aims at making better use of synergies and at minimizing conflicts between the two. It shows practical ways in which nature conservation concerns can be considered in climate protection concepts and concrete measures. It addresses actors in regions, counties and municipalities such as climate protection managers, regional and municipal planning authorities, engineering and planning offices or environmental NGOs.

The handbook consists of ten volumes which can be used independently of each other:

The handbook was compiled at the Department of Landscape Planning and Development’ as a result of the R&D project ""Exemplary development of regional and local energy concepts under the aspects of nature conservation and landscape management", which was funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.



Further development of quality criteria and standards for German national parks


At the beginning of October, the first meeting of the Project Advisory Group (PAG) for the R&D project "Further Development of Quality Criteria and Standards for German National Parks" took place. Its aim is to improve the voluntary evaluation procedure of national parks and to increase the coherence of the underlying criteria, standards and questions. At the PAG meeting, the objectives and contents of the project were discussed and the further procedure determined. Prof. Heiland accompanies the project as an external expert on the basis of his experience from the initial and interim evaluation of the national parks. The project is carried out by EUROPARC Germany e.V., the umbrella organisation for large-scale conservation areas in Germany, in close cooperation with the German national parks and federal states, supervised by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment. It will be completed by the end of 2020.

'Handbuch Landschaft' (Handbook Landscape) published


In July 2019 the comprehensive Handbook 'Handbuch Landschaft' (Landscape) was published. On 900 pages more than 70 contributions examine various facets of the topic.

Also included is a chapter on 'Cultural Landscape' written by Stefan Heiland. First, it provides an overview of various current understandings of cultural landscapes and thereafter advocates for viewing cultural landscapes in their global context and utilizing them as objects reflecting the (non-)sustainability of societal lifestyles and economic practices.

DNT Journal 2019 published


The DNT Journal with the written versions of many lectures held at the German Nature Conservation Conference 2018 has now been published (https://www.deutscher-naturschutztag.de/veroeffentlichungen/dnt-journal/dnt-journal-2019/). Among other things, it contains an essay by Stefan Heiland on the future of landscape planning under changing societal conditions (Link to article only).

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Current Publications

Heiland, S. (Hrsg.) (2019): Klima- und Naturschutz: Hand in Hand. Ein Handbuch für Kommunen, Regionen, Klimaschutzbeauftragte, Energie-, Stadt- und Landschaftsplanungsbüros. Berlin 2019.

Heiland, S. (2019): Kulturlandschaft. In: Kühne, O. et al. (Hrsg.): Handbuch Landschaft. Wiesbaden. S. 651 – 666. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-25746-0

Heiland, S. (2019): Gegen Marginalisierung und Verstummen. Zur Zukunft der Landschaftsplanung unter sich verändernden gesellschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen. In: DNT-JOURNAL 2019, S. 145 - 153. (Download)

Heiland S., Weidenweber J., Ward Thompson C. (2019): Linking Landscape Planning and Health. In: Marselle M., Stadler J., Korn H., Irvine K., Bonn A. (Hrsg.): Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change. S. 425-448. Springer, Cham. (Download)