Project details

Socio-economic study in the large-scale nature conservation project "Streams, moors and mountain meadows in the Thuringian Forest"

The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Thüringer Wald is home to a diverse mosaic of beech and mixed mountain forests, mountain streams, moors and mountain meadows with rich biotic communities. To preserve and promote this habitat and species diversity, Naturstiftung David is carrying out a large-scale nature conservation project. The first planning phase started in 2021 and will end in 2024. In this phase, a care and development plan (PEPL) will be created based on an in-depth analysis of the planning area.

The IfLS was commissioned by Naturstiftung David to conduct a socio-economic study, which will be written to accompany the preparation of the PEPL. The study will analyse structural data, qualitative concepts and regional characteristics. The aim is to obtain information about the main actors, their interests, the level of acceptance, the potential for conflict and possible solutions in order to work together to preserve the habitats. In addition to evaluating existing data, the IfLS will conduct interviews with affected actors and stakeholders at different levels. 
Project phase I (planning and moderation) of the large-scale nature conservation project "Streams, moors and mountain meadows in the Thuringian Forest" is funded in the chance.natur programme by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation with funds from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection and the Thuringian Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Nature Conservation [link in German].

More information on the large-scale nature conservation project at: [link in German]

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Conception | Socio-economics of farm business |


Naturstiftung David

Executing Organization: 

Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS)



Contact person/s at IfLS: 

Bettina Spengler, Jörg Schramek

Project management: 

Bettina Spengler, Hanna Kramer, Marie-Sophie Schmidt, Jörg Schramek and Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein