We lead, assist and design the creation of various development concepts in rural areas. In the creation of such concepts, the focus lays in particular on a well-founded examination of the required contents and fields of action, the structural conditions and a good knowledge of the region. In addition to providing conceptual and technical support, we also take on other tasks relevant to the preparation of concepts, such as moderating participation procedures.

Our current focuses are on the creation of regional development concepts (LEADER/ILE), large nature reserve concepts for nature parks, biosphere reserves or geoparks as well as in the field of bioenergy.

Our clients are state ministries, local authorities and regional organisations.


Projects in the thematic field

Regional development

Integrated rural development concept with spatial and thematic focus (SILEK) in the municipality of Romrod

An integrated rural development concept with a spatial and thematic focus - SILEK for short - can be used in the preparation to land consolidation and is supported by Hesse. As a result, the SILEK is to represent a coordinated framework for action...

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Preparation of rural development concepts (LEADER)

For the programming period (2014-2020) IfLS was entrusted with the preparation of rural development concepts for six regions in Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition to conceptual and professional support our institute also undertook and...

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Rural development in the municipality Wartenberg

The municipality Wartenberg currently recieves funding from the state of Hesse in order to develop an integrated rural development concept with spatial and thematic focus (SILEK). Together with our partners at PNL we have been assigned to develop a...

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Regional Development Concepts (REK) for participation in LEADER-related competitions for the regions of Giessen, Hersfeld-Rothenburg, Odenwald, Oberhessen, Siegen-Wittgenstein, Pfälzer Bergland

The IfLS accompanied six regions in the preparations for a participation in LEADER competitions in the Federal States of Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.

In Hesse the IfLS accompanied four regions – namely Giessener...

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Large protected areas and cultural landscape

Preparation of a nature park concept for the Rhine-Taunus Nature Park

With the support of the IfLS the Rhine-Taunus Nature Park will become the pioneer of Hessian natural parks: After its foundation in 1968, almost 50 years of natural park work will be drawn up and the first Hessian natural park concept will set the...

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Development of a concept for the large protected areas of Baden-Wurttemberg

On behalf of the Regional office for the environment Baden-Wurttemberg (LUBW), the IfLS prepares the part "large protected areas" of a state-wide concept for large-area nature conservation in Baden-Wurttemberg. The IfLS cooperates with the large...

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Preparation of the management and nature park plan for the Bergstraße-Odenwald Geo-Nature Park

For the Bergstraße-Odenwald Geo-Nature Park, the IfLS develops a Geo-Nature Park Plan in the form of a management plan. This will meet both the requirements of the Association of German Nature Parks (VDN) for a nature park plan and the UNESCO...

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Preparation of a nature park plan for the Taunus Nature Park

With the support of the IfLS, the Taunus Nature Park is developing a new nature park plan. After its foundation in 1962, after almost 50 years of working in the nature park, a work package for the future will be put together from existing goals and...

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Climate change and renewable energys

Preparation of a climate protection concept for the rural district Vogelsberg

In cooperation with the Institute for Housing and Environment (IWU) and „Infrastructure & Environment“ (IU) from Darmstadt, the Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS) works out an integrated energy and climate protection concept (IEKK) for...

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Integrated climate protection concept for the Rheingau associations of communesfür den Zweckverband Rheingau

With a view to climate change observation, the tasks of climate protection and adaption are vital for safeguarding the future and constitute obvious challenges for all international, state and sub-state levels. In line with that, the German federal...

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Mittelhessen Bioenergy Region’ development concept

With the ‘Bio-energy Regions’ competition tendered in 2008, the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) promotes networks which have developed innovative concepts. Within the framework of the two-tier competition...

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Socio-economics of farm business

Nature conservation project "New pastoral paths in the Palatinate Forest" - Socio-economic analysis as part of maintenance and development planning

A maintenance and development plan (PEPL) for the conservation of the species-rich open-land biotopes and drift paths will be drawn up for the 8,500-hectare development area of the nature conservation project "New pastoral paths in the Palatinate...

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Agro-Socio-Economic Study for the LIFE-Project „Hessian Rhön – Mountain Grasslands, Wood Pastures and their Birds“

Species diverse Natura 2000 habitats of the bird sanctuary “Hessian Rhön”, i.e. mountain hay meadows and Nardus grasslands, represent habitats especially to meadow breeders such as whinchats, meadow pipits and common snipes. The LIFE-project “Hessian...

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Sustainable land use

Study for the development of foundations of the implementation of a national marshland protection strategy

About 5% of greenhouse gas emissions in Germany stem from drained marshlands. In order to achieve Germany’s climate goals, a re-irrigation is thus necessary. Re-irrigating marshlands also creates further ecosystem services and fosters the protection...

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Developing a concept of defining and implementing Ecological Focus Areas in Germany

The European Commission’s proposal of the CAP reform after 2013 includes a “green” payment in Pillar One. One part of the corresponding greening obligations is the introduction of Ecological Focus Areas (EFA) on 7 % of arable land and permanent...

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Development of a concept and implementation plan for a sustainable crop production system for FRoSTA

In conjunction with the reorientation of the FRoSTA brand name, there are new requirements for raw fruit and vegetable products such as

  • controlled growth conditions and ensured retraceability
  • documentation of all cultivation measures relevant for...
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Green belt Frankfurt/Main: Development of environmentally friendly forms of agriculture in the context of communal policy

The urban development project intends to introduce the 100 farmers located in Frankfurt with about 4,000 ha of land to their future tasks, which are increasingly in the area of environmental precautions as well as recreational and leisure activities....

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