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. 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 social research. We believe that natural and social sciences must complement each other in landscape ecology.
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.
With the conference motto wasser.leben.zukunft, the annual conference of the German Society for Limnology refers to the past UN Decade of "Water for Life" in order to span the arc from current problem fields and new findings to future water-related challenges, which will to be addressed by science, society and politics. The theme of the conference therefore fits in perfectly with the objectives of the Ökoplan research group, which is involved in the conference on several occasions.
- A02: Diversitäty and Ekologie of aquatic communities
Moderation: Benjamin Kupilas, Caroline Winking
- Spurenstoffbelastungen der Münsterschen Aa im jahreszeitlichen Wandel
Johanna Buss; Saskia Rohrer; Christine Achten; Tillmann Buttschardt
- Fließgewässermetabolismus als funktioneller Indikator zur Bewertung von ökologischen Verbesserungen – eine Untersuchung an der Emscher-Versuchsstrecke
Christian Lieske; Caroline Winking; Benjamin Kupilas; Mario Sommerhäuser; Jens Haberkamp
- Wanted: Groppe - auf Spurensuche in der Vechte
Diehle, Naomi, Julia Fröhlich, Jan Philip Josten, Ines Lober, Patrick Günner, Christian Edler, Tillmann Buttschardt
- Litterbags – ein funktionaler Indikator zur Fließgewässerbewertung im Test an der Münsterschen Aa
Per-Olaf Walter; Benjamin Kupilas
- Der Biber – unterschätzter Entwicklungshelfer für NRWs Gewässer?
Ramona Hinz; Sarah Gerritzen; Verena Haupt; Lukas Iking; Jan R.K. Lehmann; Rainer Mohn; Elisabeth I. Meyer; Ingo Bünning
- Bewertung von Gewässerrenaturierungen am Beispiel der Münsterschen Aa: ergänzende Methoden für ein ganzheitliches Monitoring
Mike Müller; Leonie Bley; Melanie Diepenbruck; Sabrina Fehlhaber; Michel Harre; Jasmin Meyer; Friederike Schumann; Lelaina Teichert; Benjamin Kupilas
- Gewässerökologische Untersuchungen im FFH Gebiet Berkel zur Erstellung eines geeigneten Maßnahmenkonzeptes
Ramona Winkens; Franziska Roßocha; Jannik Düllmann; Julia Fröhlich; Benjamin Kupilas; Patrick Günner; Saskia Rohrer; Christian Edler; Birgit Stephan; Stefan
Platz; Tillmann Buttschardt
- 172 km2 Vielfalt im Münsterland – biologische und hydrochemische Untersuchungen in der Münsterschen Aa
Saskia Rohrer; Johanna Buss; Benjamin Kupilas; Christine Achten; Tillmann Buttschardt
As part of the GfÖ conference, the RG Ecological Planning presented a session entitled:
The "new" agroecology: An approach to sustainable agriculture?
The session will be offered in the "German Window" of the conference and will focus on the internationally long-established view of agroecology as a transdisciplinary approach, which has been pursued outside of Germany since the 1990s at the latest, as it becomes clear in a definition by Steve Gliessmann: Agroecology is the integration of research, education, action and change that brings sustainability to all parts of the food system: ecological, economic, and social (GLIESSMANN 2018). In Germany, however, ecology remains in a scientific perspective. read more
Invited speaker of the RG Ecological Planning will be at the conference Julieta Decarre, PhD, Grupo Biodiversidad, Ecología y Gestión Ambiental en Agroecosistemas of the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria; Argentinien. She will present her work to the Research Group as well as to the audience of the conference.
Excursion: Oslo / Southern Norway (07.06. - 16.06.2019)
During Whitsun Prof. Buttschardt and Dr. Kupilas with a total of 16 students (LÖK, 2 subject Bachelor, Wassermaster) were on an excursion to Norway. Packed with tents and hiking boots the journey went from Oslo (Green Capital of Europe 2019), to research stations of the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), a hike of several days in the National Park Jotunheimen, over the UNESCO World Heritage Fjord Nærøyfjord to Bergen.
The text addresses the question which values, skills and forms of knowledge communities of mountain farmers cultivate in order to preserve and renew species-rich cultural landscapes in the Andes of northern Argentina and the Dolomites of northern Italy. At two conferences in the context of cultural anthropology and the sustainable development of rural areas, Cornelia Steinhäuser discussed the view of young adults on the continuation of such agro-ecological land use.
Conferencia Las Américas 2019; Bonn
2019 International Geographical Union Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems (IGU-CSRS) Colloquium, Saint Paul, MN, USA.
Agroecological landscapes, which promote critical features such as agrobiodiversity, represent valuable global commons. These landscapes are products of ways of life, local knowledge, and rural practices. Recent studies agree on the need to better understand such rooted social-ecological systems by more deeply exploring their human-environment relationships. To address this, we investigated agroecological landscapes in two communities, one in the Andean highlands of northwest Argentina, the other in the Dolomites in northern Italy. This research applies discourse-ethnographic methods to explore how the communities build institutions to protect their culture, how they manage change, and how the environment is perceived and used. Based on the results, we identified several dimensions of farmers’ intangible values, their understanding of well-being, and how they contribute to the genesis of landscapes (maize terraces, alpine pastures). This work shows that many interviewees did not perceive nature merely as a resource or service for humans, as suggested by the widely held discourse of agricultural industrialization, and that alternative relationships to nature are possible and do exist in practice. Further, this work raises relevant issues for how to imagine the transition to agricultural systems that do not define well-being only from the perspective of materiality and of humans.