to the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning
The Research Group of " Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning" is part of the Institute of Landscape Ecology (ILÖK) of the University of Münster. We work on the emergence, preservation and development of landscapes as a product of human activity in interaction with the forces of nature. The aim of the working group is to contribute to sustainable development in general and to nature conservation strategies and ecological planning methods in particular. We want to build bridges into the future and transfer research from universities into society. We are strong in doing real fieldwork based on classical species surveys and complemented by remote sensing techniques such as UAS data or GIS. In addition, we work intensively with qualitative methods of ethnography and social research. We believe that natural and social sciences must complement each other in landscape ecology.
Two new articles have been published. Both of them deal with different areas of the work of the RG Ecological Planning.
- Harald Grote describes in an article for the Springer journal Wasserwirtschaft "The hydromorphological conditions of the Westphalian Bight". According to the European Water Framework Directive, all running waters are to be brought into a good ecological condition. However, since the streams of the Münsterland are very heavily modified only the good ecological potential applies here. Although great efforts are being made and water bodies have been renaturalised, the desired status often does not show up. In addition, the years 2018 and 2019 showed extreme dryness in the area. The article discusses the relationship between hyrdomorphological conditions, land use and the importance of treated municipal wastewater in the water bodies. The article analyses the years 2006-2015.
- Cornelia Steinhäuser writes in her Spanish publication: "Los saberes de los ancestros: clave para los vínculos con la Madre Tierra en una comunidad andina en Argentina" (The knowledge of ancestors: Key to the linkages with Mother Earth in an Andean community in Argentina) about the linkages between people and the world, which can be understood as the basis for the design of the landscape there.
Nutrition Council founded
On Friday, February 7, 2020 the kick-off event of the "Ernährungsrat Münster i.G." took place with more than 120 participants. The aim of the Nutrition Council is to establish a resilient, fair and public welfare oriented food system in Münster, which is characterised by e.g. seasonal and regional food from fair and sustainable production. To achieve this goal, five working groups were founded. Sophia Schröder, Master student of Landscape Ecology at the Institute of Landscape Ecology, is spokesperson of the first working group "Food Supply". In the working group, knowledge is to be bundled and projects initiated and supported which promote the establishment of regional food cycles. The working group deals with the question of what a sustainable agriculture in the belt around Münster could look like.
2nd BIOBRAS Summerschool
The world is currently looking to New York, where the 72nd United Nations General Assembly will focus primarily on climate protection and the fires in the Amazon. Since this topic is of the utmost importance also in Münster, it is rightly negotiated so prominently. Less well known, however, is the fact that the Cerrado, one of the most species-rich ecosystems in the world, which alone is home to 4800 endemic animal and plant species, is even more severely affected by deforestation, fires and land use change than the South American forest ecosystems. In the context of the second BIOBRAS Summer School from 10-28.09.2019, Cerrado, Campos rupestres and Cangas will be regarded as so-called "neglected ecosystems" and researched in the Serra do Cipó and Serra do Gandarela. What is special about this summer school is that three universities from two countries (WWU, UFMG and UFV) work together and, above all, that a total of 22 Bachelor and Master students, doctoral students and postdocs as well as a total of 4 professors work together. The summer school is funded by the DAAD. The core concept of the partnership is the integration of teaching into research projects. Among other things, modules for distance learning (webinars, video lectures) are developed in order to make the basics and latest findings available to all partners and the general public. Classical and modern field methods (UAV) as well as a thorough discussion of theoretical concepts (e.g. OCBIL) are applied, also through the contribution of numerous scientists and practitioners from the local institutions.