Large protected areas and cultural landscape

The conservation and sustainable development of our National Natural Landscapes is the goal of large protected areas such as national parks, UNESCO biosphere reserves or nature parks. In addition to the protection and development of nature and cultural landscapes, the actors in these areas are also active in the fields of nature-friendly tourism/local recreation, environmental education/education for sustainable and regional development. In 2015 UNESCO created the "Global Geoparks" category, which has similar objectives and activities.

We have been supporting large protected areas for years with the research, development and evaluation of their model approaches. In addition, we are active in the participatory elaboration of development strategies and framework concepts as well as in advising large protected areas.

In order to conserve our nature and cultural landscapes, one focus of our work is the development and implementation of "protection through use strategies". This goes hand in hand with the promotion of regional value chains, especially in the field of environmentally and nature-compatible products and services. The research, further development, implementation and evaluation of such approaches is a central component of our work.

Contact person at IfLS: Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein (gehrlein[at]ifls.de, 069/9726683-17)

Projects in the field

Conception

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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Evaluation

Interim evaluation PLENUM Tübingen

PLENUM stands for the state of Baden-Württemberg's project for the conservation and development of nature and the environment. The aim of the funding is a nature conservation-oriented regional development that ensures a sustainable and nature...

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Assessment for the evaluation of the performance of the landscape management associations in Saxony

In Saxony, 13 landscape maintenance associations (LPV) have been the point of contact and mediator for rural development and nature conservation projects for many years. By a cooperative approach, goals for nature conservation can be integrated in...

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Evaluation of the nature parks in Baden-Wurttemberg

It is not only the task of nature parks to preserve the nature and environment. Furthermore, they are an important place for leisure and recreation.

Commissioned by the Ministry for Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Wurttemberg, the IfLS...

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Evaluation of the Management of Austrian National Parks

Together with EUROPARC Deutschland e.V., IfLS was appointed by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) and the Association of Austrian National Parks to evaluate the management of all Austrian...

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Consulting

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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Research

Quality management in German biosphere reserves - Further development of criteria, recommendations and implementation strategies - BRuNa-Q

The IfLS carries out the R&D project "Quality Management in German Biosphere Reserves - Development of Criteria, Recommendations and Implementation Strategies for the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). The IfLS is working on the project in...

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Quality management and improvement of the German UNESCO biosphere reserves – Operationalization of National Recognition and Assessment Criteria for Sustainable Management

To be acknowledged as UNESCO biosphere reserve (BR), the BR have to fulfill a total of 40 criteria. These are so-called recognition criteria (A) and assessment criteria (B). On the one hand, specific structural and functional aspects of a BR are...

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National Natural Landscapes and renewable energies

Nature Parks and Biosphere Reserves as parts of the National Natural Landscapes (NNL) make up ca. 30% of the German territory. Changes in land use due to the expansion of renewable energies have to be weighed against protected natural resources, such...

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Integrative monitoring systems in major nature reserves

The BfN research and development project "Applicability of the integrative monitoring programme for large protected areas" was carried out by the Institute for Rural Structural Research (IfLS) in cooperation with EUROPARC Germany in the period from...

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Events and participatory processes

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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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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Coordinated framework concept for the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve

Contracted by the Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection of the Federal State of Saarland, the IfLS authors the coordinated framework concept for the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve. The project was completed in 2015. The Bliesgau Biosphere...

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