The research projects funded within Module B aimed at the development of action-oriented and innovative system solutions towards a sustainable land management. In this context, regional value creation networks and integrated management of land, energy and material flows achieved particular attention.

The activities in Module B set the basis for an integrative development of urban, suburban and rural areas. These areas are affected by current economic, demographic and climatic change in different ways and to different degrees. Future integrated urban-rural-development has to consider the high level of complexity of the interconnectedness between these two spatial categories.

Questions about sustainable land management are manifold and characterised by a variety of socio-economic, ecological and spatially related interdependencies. In order to cope with these challenges, all projects pursued interdisciplinary approaches. Thus, disciplinary borders should be crossed and sectoral solutions be interconnected. Furthermore, transdisciplinary approaches were encouraged by including regional participants and stakeholders in order to analyse problems in a comprehensive way and develop practicable solutions.

Objectives of Module B:

  • to establish innovative value creation networks, thus enabling sustainable regional economical development
  • to identify and develop services for supporting sustainable land use systems, including information and knowledge management
  • to explore how technical infrastructure systems as well as technologies and forecast instruments can be advanced in order to identify adaptation requirements of land use systems
  • to identify how settlement development can be resource efficient and low-emission
  • to organise decentralised systems for renewable energies
  • to explore the role of regional provision and disposal services for achieving an integrated use of land and water resources

The scientific coordination project encouraged interaction between different joint research projects. It aimed at integrating findings, supporting transfer of results and assisting in project implementation. The scientific coordination project also dealt with questions, focussing on sustainable land management as well as on research management and transfer at meta-level.

For general information please contact the team of the scientific coordination project.