Sustainability and resilience

We regard the sustainable development of rural areas and agriculture as the only possible response to global change and the corresponding challenges. In this way, we relate our work to a number of the UN's formulated goals for sustainable development (SDG):

A fundamental approach to achieve the second goal, "No Hunger", is to promote sustainable agriculture. A further key aspect of our work is the protection and sustainable use of soil and land as mentioned in Goal 15 "Life on Land" and the observance of internationally valid rules for environmental protection as required in Goal 12 "Sustainable Consumption and Production". Further priorities of our work are the more intensive use of renewable energies as mentioned in Goal 7 "Affordable and clean energy" as well as the reduction of and adaptation to climate change (Goal 13).

How these aims are operationalised is again reflected in our projects, which deal with questions of sustainability assessment, social change processes (transition) or approaches to achieving greater resilience in rural areas. "Resilience" describes the ability of social, economic and environmental systems to cope with a critical event or trend or a disruption (based on the IPCC 2014).

Contact person at IfLS: Simone Sterly (sterly[at]ifls.de, 069/9726683-15) and Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein (gehrlein[at]ifls.de, 069/9726683-17)

 

Projects in the field

Information and knowledge dissemination

Decision Support for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Protected Areas - SDGimp

The United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda aiming at peace, prosperity and the preservation of ecosystems and the climate. To reach the Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the agenda targeted action on the local level is...

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Land use conflicts renewable energy: Scenario-based environmental education on the spatial requirements of renewable energy using new media – LaNuKon

Within the framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community strives for economic progress and social justice within ecological boundaries. The SDGs consist of 17 equal goals, including "clean and affordable energy",...

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Consulting

SDG model region for a sustainable Rhineland-Palatinate

With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community of states agreed on global sustainability goals. Building on this, biosphere reserves (BR) have committed themselves in the Lima Action Plan to make their own, concrete...

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Evaluation

CAP-Biodiv – Addressing biodiversity and habitat preservation through Measures applied under the Common Agricultural Policy

With regard to the biodiversity goals 2020 this study analyzes the biodiversity protection potentials of various agricultural policies. The study is carried out by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). As subcontractor the IfLS will...

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Research

Multi-actor and transdisciplinary development of efficient and resilient MIXED farming and agroforestry-systems – MIXED

The European MIXED project aims to promote the development of mixed agricultural and agroforestry systems in Europe in the face of more extreme weather conditions. It is studying the benefits of these systems in terms of climate, environment and...

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RETHINK – Rethinking the links between farm modernization, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources

A transdisciplinary research project supported by the European Commission and national funding bodies under the umbrella of FP7 and the RURAGRI ERA-NET

Important questions need attention: How do market forces, societal demands and resource...

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Sustainable development of cultural landscapes using integrative landscape concept

In cooperation with the Institute for Spatial Planning and Development Planning (IREUS) at the University of Stuttgart, the Institute for Rural Structural Research (IfLS) is developing an integrative landscape model based on the example of the...

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CAP-Biodiv – Addressing biodiversity and habitat preservation through Measures applied under the Common Agricultural Policy

With regard to the biodiversity goals 2020 this study analyzes the biodiversity protection potentials of various agricultural policies. The study is carried out by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP). As subcontractor the IfLS will...

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Conception

Concept 'Education for Sustainable Development' for the Rhine-Taunus Nature Park

Since April 1, 2018, 'Education for Sustainable Development' has been a further statutory task of nature parks in Germany in accordance with § 27 of the Federal Nature Conservation Act. Nature parks are to convey the nature park objectives, contents...

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Strategic Concept "Education for Sustainable Development" of the Bergstraße-Odenwald Geo-Nature Park

In accordance with the criteria of the National Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks in Germany, the Bergstraße-Odenwald Geo-Nature Park is developing a strategic-didactic concept for the future orientation and design of the ESD (Education for...

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SDG model region for a sustainable Rhineland-Palatinate

With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community of states agreed on global sustainability goals. Building on this, biosphere reserves (BR) have committed themselves in the Lima Action Plan to make their own, concrete...

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Development of national indicators for soil conservation: Operationalisation of internationally harmonised indicator concepts based on data available nationally with particular emphasis on practical use in soil conservation policy

Environmental indicators are used for describing the environmental situation, its threats and possible trends. In recent years different indicator concepts have been developed at the international and national levels. The research project is...

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