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Weitblick: Episode 8 of our podcast series in german is online

Podcast "Weitblick"
Lupe [2]

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Elke Bruns, head of the specialist information department at the Competence Center for Nature Conservation and Energy Transition (KNE). We talk to her about, among other things, how the KNE came into being, what its tasks are, what topics it is currently particularly concerned with, how to prepare for a job at the interface of nature conservation and energy transition, and what opportunities for internships the KNE offers.


Our podcast is available in german on many popular platforms:

Podigee: https://weitblick.podigee.io/ [3]  (available without registration/account)

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/50pnNp9aRCHzvxgoMTgWW0 [4]

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/show/3075842 [5]

Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.de/podcasts/4180239f-aa0b-4e26-b5f0-ec4ad3d7ed37/weitblick---der-podcast-zu-landschaft-naturschutz-und-nachhaltigkeit [6]

For a bitter reason


Since 2010, our department has been cooperating with dedicated, highly competent and warm-hearted colleagues in Kiev. There was also a cooperation with a Russian university. We also got to know the scientists there as warm and competent people. The attack on Ukraine ordered by the Russian president, which cannot be justified by anything, endangers peace in Europe, prevents such personal encounters and friendships between people of different countries and threatens and costs freedom and lifes of the people in Ukraine.

Moreover, it ties up urgently needed capacities that should be directed to the pressing problems of humanity - the fight against hunger, poverty and exploitation, as well as climate change and biodiversity loss.

Despite our lack of influence, we therefore do not want to, cannot, and must not remain silent on the current, dynamically changing situation. What we can do is to distinguish between the Russian regime and the people of Russia, to be aware of propaganda by whomever, but above all to assure our Ukrainian colleagues who have become our friends that we are with them in our thoughts and available at any time should we be able to provide support in any way.



Weitblick: New podcast in german for students and all interested parties

On October 15, 2021, the department's new podcast went live with its first four episodes.

It addresses issues of landscape, nature conservation, sustainability and planning in research and practice. Our interviewees come from government agencies, planning offices, environmental organizations, research institutions, and more. We address all those who are interested in these topics, but especially students of environment-related courses of study. The first four episodes deal with the tasks of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation as well as a national park administration, first professional experiences of two female graduates in planning authorities as well as the danger of right-wing extremist currents in nature conservation. Further talks will follow in the middle of each month - for example on Nov. 15 with Gregor Hagedorn, initiator of Scientists for Future. The podcast is available in german language on Podigee, Spotify, Amazon Music and Audible.

Research project: Digital transformation, society and nature conservation

Lupe [7]

The digital transformation is changing our society enormously. Which of these changes are also important for nature conservation and the preservation of biological diversity? This is the question that the project "Effects of the digital transformation on society and the protection of biodiversity [8]" deals with. It started in August 2020 and runs until 2023, with funding from the German Federal Ministry of the Environment and support in expertise from the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. The project team is led by the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). The department is involved through Prof. Dr. Heiland and M.Sc. Markus Günther. At the end of October, the first meeting of the project-accompanying working group took place, at which, among other things, the social effects of digitization are particularly relevant for nature conservation and should therefore be investigated as a priority. This will be done in the next project phase on the basis of three case studies that are to be examined intensively.



Prof. Heiland awarded for faculty-wide outstanding teaching performance in 2019 [9]

Lupe [10]

Many thanks to all students who have contributed to this!



Interview with Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland at www.tu.berlin on the call for action "Bereit zum Wandel"

Lupe [11]

Please find the interview concerning the call here: „Unser Lebensstil muss auf den Prüfstand“ [12]



Interview with Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland on zdf.de

Screenshot ZDF.de
Screenshot ZDF.de
Lupe [13]

The second biggest public television station in Germany has published an interview with Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland on its website about the call for action "Bereit zum Wandel". Find it here: Aufruf zum Wandel - "Was brauchen wir für ein gutes Leben?" [14]



Prof. Dr. Heiland presents appeal to Sylvia Kotting-Uhl MdB, Chairwoman of the Bundestag Environment Committee

Übergabe des Aufrufs an Fr. Kottig-Uhl
Lupe [15]

On 31.08. Prof. Heiland and Danny Püschel (NABU) presented an appeal for a climate and nature compatible way of life and economy to Sylvia Kotting-Uhl MdB, Chairwoman of the Committee for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the German Bundestag. In it, 191 first signatories call on politicians to create framework conditions that enable and promote an energy- and resource-saving way of life and economy. At the same time, they declare their willingness to support corresponding political decisions and to orientate their own everyday lives as far as possible to energy and resource-saving principles.

The appeal can be signed on the Internet [16], on the one hand to make the urgency of change clear to politicians, and on the other hand to signal broad social support for the necessary forward-looking decisions.

Call and further information: www.bereit-zum-wandel.de [17]



New publication: Handbook on Climate Protection and Nature Conservation

Publikation "Klima und
Naturschutz: Hand in Hand."
Klima und Naturschutz: Hand in Hand.
Lupe [18]

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:

  • Volume 1: Energy and climate protection concepts [19]
  • Volume 2: Facade insulation [20]
  • Volume 3: Photovoltaic roof systems [21]
  • Volume 4: Street lighting [22]
  • Volume 5: Green Mobility Networks [23]
  • Volume 6: Photovoltaic systems [24]
  • Volume 7: Short rotation coppices [25]
  • Volume 8: Landscape management wood [26]
  • Volume 9: Landscape management grass [27]
  • Volume 10: Legal basis [28]

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.

The printed publication (in German) can be ordered online here: pbox-bfn-leipzig@bfn.de (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Außenstelle Leipzig, Alte Messe 6, 04013 Leipzig)

Further development of quality criteria and standards for German national parks [29]

Lupe [30]

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

Lupe [31]

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

Lupe [32]

The DNT Journal with the written versions of many lectures held at the German Nature Conservation Conference 2018 has now been published [33]. Among other topics, it contains an essay by Stefan Heiland on the future of landscape planning under changing societal conditions.



Federal Green Infrastructure Concept (BKGI) and related expert report published

In spring 2017 the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) presented the BKGI as a technical concept. With this concept, it implemented a requirement of the coalition agreement of the current federal government as well as an initiative of the EU to establish a green infrastructure. The BKGI is a nationwide, spatially oriented overall concept, with the help of which already existing specialized concepts and guiding principles of nature conservation can be incorporated into planning processes relevant to Germany, such as the development of floodplains, the planning of federal traffic routes, the expansion of networks or the re-connection of habitats.

The BKGI is based on a comprehensive expert report, which was prepared under the leadership of the Landscape Planning and Landscape Development Department together with partners from the University of Kassel (Prof. Dr. Dr. Andreas Mengel, Dr. Kersten Hänel). In terms of content, it is much more comprehensive than the BKGI, as it takes up questions that are also to be pursued from a perspective. It is oriented towards the target dimensions (diversity, material functions, immaterial functions of nature and landscape) as well as the objects of action (species and habitats, soil, water, climate, air, landscape) according to § 1 Federal Nature Conservation Act. It also addresses special requirements for green infrastructure in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea, in river floodplains and in urban areas and settlement areas. Like the BKGI, it is aimed in particular at actors at the federal level, but it can also serve as a basis for information and assessment for decisions at the state, regional and municipal levels.

Download the technical concept (BKGI) [34]

Download the expert report to the BKGI [35]

Link to the website of the BfN with further information and additional download material [36]

Leitfaden „Kommunale Klimaanpassung durch die Landschaftsplanung“ erschienen

Together with 5 partner municipalities and landscape planning consultants, the department developed a practice-oriented guideline "Municipal climate adaptation through landscape planning". It was funded by the Ministry of the Environment of Baden-Württemberg as part of the KLIMOPASS support program.  Its aim is to support municipalities and landscape planning offices in routinely integrating climate change into the preparation of municipal landscape plans and thus helping to cope with its effects. The guideline presents practice-oriented analysis and evaluation methods as well as goals and measures for climate protection and adaptation. They were developed on the basis of expert literature as well as on the example of the Lower Remstal Planning Association and are thus on the one hand generally valid, on the other hand tested under specific local conditions. An adaptation of the presented methods to the particular local requirements of a community remains both possible and necessary. Find the report for download here [37] (70 MB)



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