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Community commitment to sustainable development remains strong

The commitment of the eight model municipalities in the project "Palatinate Forest: SDG model region for a sustainable Rhineland-Palatinate" has so far remained unbroken despite the current difficult conditions for citizen participation and voluntary work.

After the first meeting of the steering group in spring had to be cancelled at short notice, representatives of the model municipalities, experts from the region and the state level, scientists and the project team exchanged views for the first time on November 10. The steering group is providing the eight municipalities with advisory support in developing their sustainability strategies. They offer concrete assistance in the form of information and networking to support the municipalities in defining their strategic and operational goals. The IfLS moderated the steering group meeting on behalf of the Pfälzerwald-Nordvogesen Biosphere Reserve and presented a synopsis of the inventory of the sustainability activities to date.

In summer and autumn, six municipalities were also able to implement the first future workshops with citizen participation in small groups in a COVID-19-compliant manner. The core teams in the municipalities each presented their planned fields of action. Citizens took the opportunity to contribute their ideas for goals and measures in two fields of action each. The IfLS organized the events and moderated small groups together with the KOBRA Consulting Center Landau. In addition, the results of the stocktaking were presented.

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Contact persons at IfLS: Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein (gehrlein[at], Dr. Marie Sophie Schmidt (schmidt[at] and Christoph Mathias (mathias[at]