Current projects

of the Research Group Applied Landscape Ecology and Ecological Planning

© Jan Lehmann

BIOBRAS - Research-based learning in neglected biodiverse ecosystems of Brazil

Global change, particularly climate change, land-use change and invasive species, are currently the main threats to biodiversity and compromise the targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The global loss of biodiversity can further affect ecosystem services. Consequently, conservation of biological diversity and sustainable use of natural resources have become key research topics in recent years. Further, the Agenda 2030 and CBD call for intensified technical and scientific cooperation, access to and transfer of technology and education, and the raising of public awareness.

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Term 2018 - 2021

© Meral Saxowsky

EUfMa - Gewässerentwicklung erheblich veränderter Fließgewässersysteme

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© Viola Krone

Effects of land-use change and the neonicotioids on butterfly populations in Germany

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© Patrick Günner

Monitoring Projekt Hegebeauftragter für das Münsterland

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© Ana Lucía Cadena González de Thiele

Analyses of critical factors of conservation of native species in Agroforestry systems in temperate regions and the tropics

Apart from the manifold benefits of agroforestry systems (AFS), they may also help to conserve native plant species. Aim of the project is to analyze local factors that determine if farmers cultivate native species in AFS or not in the tropics and temperate regions, and to find out if lack of agro-ecological knowledge is a significant factor.

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Term: 2015-2020

© Patrick Günner

GrünSchatz - Auf die Richtige Mischung kommt es an

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Wege zur Vielfalt - Lebensadern auf Sand

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© Cornelia Steinhäuser

Understanding and valorizing tangible and intangible relations in cultural rural landscapes

A deeper understanding of the tangible and intangible interactions between societies and the environment is fundamental for transition to sustainable agriculture. Different geographical, social, economic and cultural settings, as well as discursive framings, shape peoples’ relations to land and nature. My doctoral project investigates this diversity of landscape perceptions from discourse studies, combined with the analytic views of 'cultural landscapes' and 'ecosystem services'. The field work applies ethnographic methods in rural communities of the northern Andes of Argentina and the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. The aim is to distinguish different discursive framings of sustainable land use, and various dimensions of well-being in landscape that support agrobiodiversity. In view of an increasing internationalization of society, it is precisely the cultural character of landscapes that makes them an interesting field for intercultural research.

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Term: 2015 - 2019