Especially in the areas of agricultural policy, climate protection and regional development, the current legal and promotional framework conditions are constantly changing. We advise state governments on rural development programmes, and also advise LEADER regions and large protected areas on the development of future-oriented approaches to action. At the project level, we provide project consulting and development, funding consulting and innovation service for European innovation partnerships.

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


Projects in the thematic field

Regional development


The project “EMBRACE Tsalka” aims to reduce rural poverty and improve living conditions in Tsalka municipality, Georgia, through the LEADER approach. It addresses economic, social, and environmental concerns by improving agricultural...

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Interim Evaluation of the LEADER Process of the LEADER Region Rheinhessen

At the half-way point of the funding period 2014 - 2020, the IfLS will conduct a workshop for the interim evaluation of the implementation of the Local Integrated Development Strategy (LILE) of the LEADER region Rheinhessen.
The aim of the interim...

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Interim evaluation of the LEADER process in the LEADER Erbeskopf region

At the half-way point of the funding period 2014-2020, the IfLS is carrying out an interim evaluation of the LEADER process of the Rhineland-Palatinate LEADER Action Group (LAG) Erbeskopf. For this purpose, an evaluation of the region-related results...

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Interim evaluation of the LEADER process of the LEADER region Ortenau

At the mid-term of the funding period 2014 - 2020, the IfLS carried out an interim evaluation of the LEADER process in the LEADER region of Ortenau. For this purpose, an evaluation of the region-related results of the nationwide survey of all LAG...

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Large protected areas and cultural landscape

Short study on a partner programme of UNESCO-Geoparks in Germany

The short study identified possible criteria for a partner programme of UNESCO geoparks in Germany. A partner programme is a type of criteria catalogue (e.g. quality and environmental standards) that contains specifications formulated with a view to...

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Periodic Review recording the Biosphere Schwäbische Alb

10 years after UNESCO recognition, the Biosphere Schwäbische Alb has to submit the "Report for Periodic Review" of UNESCO for the first time.
The IfLS was commissioned by Association of the Biosphere Schwäbische Alb together with Professor Dr....

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Periodic review recording the Biosphere Bliesgau

According to the International Guidelines for the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the first evaluation of the Bliesgau biosphere, which was recognised by UNESCO in 2009, is scheduled to take place after ten years. The IfLS, together with...

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Consulting related to the market launch of the OLBK (Organic carp from the Oberlausitz region)

In the ‘Oberlausitz Heath and Lake Landscape’ Biosphere Reserve, Armin Kullmann monitored a project on the market launch of organic carp from the Oberlausitz region. Within the scope of the ‘Sustainable Economy in Biosphere Reserves’ R&D measure,...

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Sustainable land use

Short Study on the Situation of Grasslands in Germany

In order to obtain an overview of the situation of grasslands in Germany, the Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS) currently works on a short study commissioned by the German Wildlife Foundation. The study is meant to promote the discourse...

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Knowledge and innovation

Support for "European Innovation Partnerships on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-Agri)" Rhineland-Palatinate

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate is taking up the new funding opportunities created by the EU under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP-Agri) in the rural development programme "Environmental Measures, Rural Development, Agriculture, Food"...

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Innovation Service Provider Saxony-Anhalt

In its rural development programme for Saxony-Anhalt 2014-2020 (EPLR), the state of Saxony-Anhalt is taking up the new funding opportunity of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP AGRI) and implementing it by installing so-called Operational...

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Supporting agricultural Innovation (EIP-Agri) and Cooperation in the Federal State Hesse

With the new funding-period 2014 – 2020 the European Union implements for the first time the approach of “European Innovation Partnerships” (EIP). This funding-concept should close the gap between science and practical implementation to develop...

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