The PLENUM Expert Day on November 19, 2019, in the District Office of Tübingen offered more than 120 regional actors from different fields the opportunity to exchange ideas for the next five years of PLENUM (2020-2025) in the project area of the District of Tübingen. After a lunch snack with delicacies from the region, the participants were welcomed by the first state official Mr. Messner. Afterwards, Vera Reifenstein from the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy of Baden-Württemberg gave a lecture on the procedure for the PLENUM extension and Kolja Schümann, managing director of VIELFALT e.V., explained the special features of the PLENUM area in the administrative district of Tübingen.
At the end of the first part of the event, Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein (IfLS) and Siegfried Demuth from the Institute of Botany and Landscape Sciences presented the preliminary PLENUM mid-term evaluation. Among other things, it was shown that PLENUM has a strong impact on nature conservation and agriculture. Agricultural enterprises and tradespeople (28% each) submitted the most applications in the last six years (2013-2018).
In the second part of the event, five different working groups discussed the topics of sustainable orchard meadows, the recruitment of young orchardists, pleasure tourism, regional marketing and forest pasture. All working groups emphasised the importance of better networking of the individual actors in order to facilitate the management of orchard meadows, regional marketing, the bundling of tourist offers and regional value creation in combination with nature and the environment.
The LUBW commissioned the IfLS, in cooperation with the Institute of Botany and Landscape Sciences, to record and document the results of the PLENUM funding in the form of a mid-term evaluation. In addition to the nature conservation effects, the focus was also on the socio-economic effects. The results serve the state of Baden-Württemberg not only as documentation of the funding effects, but also as a basis for the future design of the funding landscape.
Contact person at IfLS: Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein (gehrlein[at]ifls.de)