Welcome to the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning
The Applied Landscape Ecology/Ecological Planning working group (AG Buttschardt) researches the effects of human ways of life and land use on the natural and landscape environments and how these can be designed to achieve a regenerative development of landscapes. We assume that landscapes are the spatial representation of socio-ecological systems that can only be fully understood in an interdisciplinary approach. In order to take into account the applied aspect of ecological planning, our research is increasingly transdisciplinary and explicitly includes the noosphere. We therefore cooperate with interdisciplinary centres (e.g. the ZIN or the Brazil Centre), other Universities (e.g. Münster University of Applied Sciences) and practitioners (see links). Our work focuses on Integrated Natural Resources Management, Limnology/River restauration and Agroecology.
The Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning hosts at GfÖ-Conference together with the Thünen Institue a session with focus on Agroekology
The Title is: Agroecology - towards a transformation of farming and food systems in Europe and takes place on Wed. 13.09.2023 at Audimax at Leipzig University.
There will be talks as follows in the session:
AGROECOLOGY - European Partnership on accelerating farming systems transition: Agroecology living labs and research infrastructures
Thinking the future European network of Living Labs and Research Infrastructures for accelerating agroecology transition
Living labs as entry points for agroecological transition: testing of the theoretical framework in local, regional and national living labs
Agroecology in action: engaging with stakeholders to move towards pesticide-free landscapes
Emily Poppenborg Martin
The KoMBi network: Exploring collective models for enhancement of biodiversity in farmed landscapes
BEATLE project: Inter and transdisciplinary assessment of agricultural policy transformation pathways towards a biodiversity-friendly food system
We are pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Damián Vega as a guest researcher in our Working Group. He has been granted an on-site scholarship by the University of Münster as a WWU Fellow from 01.05.2023 to 31.07.2023 from the Rectorate's Internationalisation Fund.
Prof. Vega comes from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentinia) and was invited by Dr. Cornelia Steinhäuser. Together they want to answer the question of how farmers can promote health in real world agro-ecosystems without the use of pesticides, with a focus on plant diseases. Wheat was chosen as a model crop because of its importance for global food security. Since crop health is related to the design and management of agro-ecosystems, the development of local knowledge and social cooperation networks, information of a quantitative and qualitative nature is needed. For this purpose, model farms in Münsterland and in Argentina will be studied and compared.
The guest visit also serves to strengthen the internationalisation of AG Ökoplan and ILÖK and to establish a cooperation with UBA. Similar connections exist already with universities in Brazil (UfMG, UfV) and Tanzania (NM-AIST).
The report on the scientific perspective on the project "Ecosystem Künstlerdorf - Learning from Nature" has been published. It describes the challenges, opportunities and potentials of a socio-ecological transformation process of an art institution. And it explores for this case study, how permaculture, gardening and 'learning from nature' were used as inspiration with the aim to build a just and sustainable community.
Steinhäuser, Cornelia (2022). Begegnungen mit Mensch und Natur im Künstlerdorf Schöppingen: Socializing with people and nature at the Künstlerdorf. In Julia Haarman (Ed.), Ecosystem Künstlerdorf (pp. 21–41). Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen.