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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENV.2013.6.2-3 | Award Amount: 3.70M | Year: 2013

The objective of ARTS is to benefit policy, practice and theory related to accelerating sustainability transitions and to create opportunities for innovation (including social innovation) by coupling, rescaling and accelerating sustainability initiatives in European city-regions. ARTS will create interfaces between policy, practice and theory that are spaces for co-creation, theory building, policy experimentation, social innovation and learning. ARTS will have an aggregated impact on transition regions, on national and European policy related to facilitating transitions, and on theory and governance of sustainability transitions. The focal unit of analysis will be innovative activities and related actor-networks that are fundamentally changing energy, food, shelter and mobility provisioning patterns at the scale of a city or region, situated within a wider European context. ARTS will explore how lessons from these initiatives can be drawn for broader transitions to sustainable low-carbon European societies. We seek to identify the values, conditions and mechanisms for accelerating sustainability transitions, develop strategies to assist and stimulate their acceleration and assess them with dynamic modelling approaches. We will explore these conditions based on a diverse set of transition initiatives in five regions across Europe in an inter- and transdisciplinary way: Brighton, Budapest, Dresden, Flanders, and Stockholm. The developed acceleration governance approach and modelling platform, support decision making, and social learning processes to speed-up the implementation of EUs Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Strategies. They deliver to the energy targets (20/20/20 targets, the EU Energy Strategy), and the targets addressed in the Roadmaps (2050-Competitive Low-carbon Economy, Resource Efficient Europe), while supporting transitions to innovative (Innovation Union Flagship Initiative) socially sustainable (2020 Growth Strategy) low-carbon societies.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: ENV.2009.3.1.5.1 | Award Amount: 4.56M | Year: 2010

The programme, involving leading European organisations, will develop innovative smart technology, systems and implementation tools. The project is set out into six main work packages: WP1 Management: controlling the operation, scientific excellence and finance of the consortium. WP2 FRe technology: developing innovative and smart technology and products, based on extending current products and introducing smart systems that rely less on manual intervention. The emphasis is on cost effective solutions. The WP will develop guidance and standards for FRe technology that could be adopted by standards organisations as harmonised standards. WP3 FRe systems: developing the concept of flood resilient systems in the urban environment through the use of case studies in seven partner countries. FRe systems are the combination of FRe technology and the urban environment within which they sit. The FRe systems can range from individual building and infrastructure level to whole cities. WP4 FRe implementation: considering how to implement FRe technology and systems in practice. It will consider appropriate tools and develop a decision support system. WP5 Integration: bringing together the theory and practical research in WP2 WP4, the intention is to demonstrate how FRe technology, systems and implementation can work in practice. The involvement of relevant stakeholders through national support groups will be essential. WP6 Dissemination: a range of dissemination activities are planned within the project. A project web site will host an information platform. National and international conferences will disseminate the research results and create impact amongst stakeholders. A manual of FRe technology, systems and implementation tools will be produced. The project partners have already cooperated for more than three years in COST Action C22 Urban Flood Management and are therefore well placed to successfully undertake this project.


Lupp G.,Leibniz Institute fur okologische Raumentwicklung eV | Heuchele L.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg | Konold W.,Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg | Renner C.,Leibniz Institute fur okologische Raumentwicklung eV | And 2 more authors.
Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung | Year: 2013

Biological Diversity and Climate Change as Challenges for Tourist Destinations - Perception and need for action in ecologically valuable regions in Germany Since biological diversity decisively influences the character of landscapes there is a close relationship between a high biological diversity and preferred recreational landscapes. Particularly for protection areas touristic activities and climate change are complex and interactive challenges. Against this background it is an important objective of protection areas to prepare concerted strategies for the sustainable development of tourism destinations which include the aspects of the protection of the natural diversity, adaption to climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Using the example of four German protection areas the study has investigated how far these aims are already persecuted. Further, the perception of this topic among local people involved has been investigated. Particularly the aspect "adaptation to climate change" so far has hardly been perceived as an urgent task. Individual and joint opportunities for action have been assessed as very limited, the consideration of these topics, particularly the aspect of climate change, is hardly reflected in the daily activities. There is however urgent need for immediate action facing the loss of biodiversity and climate change, e.g. by safeguarding corridors and the connectivity of the landscape as important key criteria to enable migration of species due to the changing climate. Future development plans for tourism and land use concepts need respective adaptations.


Outdoor recreation destinations have to develop strategies for sustainable development that include the conservation of biodiversity, adaptation to climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by using renewable energies. Using participatory spatial scenarios (describing a timeline up to 2030) such strategies were developed in three German case study areas: ‘Southeast Rügen Biosphere Reserve’, ‘Feldberg Lake District Nature Park’ and the large-scale conservation project ‘Feldberg-Belchen-Oberes Wiesental’. It was a particular challenge to find solutions for those diverging claims in sensitive protected areas. Using spatial scenarios, key stakeholders developed consensus-based strategies to combine tourism development, adaptation to climate change and biodiversity conservation, which can create synergies for sustainable regional development. However, a number of obstacles exist, e.g. missing cooperation of implementing institutions and the lack of legitimate, neutral institutions for further collaborative work. According to the stakeholders it is difficult to integrate renewable energies in protected areas, options comprise the use of woody biomass and residues from landscape management or alternative feedstock for biogas plants like wild flowering plant mixtures. © 2014, Verlag Eugen Ulmer. All rights reserved.


Luttmann A.,Pfarrer Wolf Strasse 2 | Bianchin S.,Heroldstrasse 21 | Neubert M.,Leibniz Institute fur okologische Raumentwicklung e.V.
Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung | Year: 2013

GIS-based Analysis of Habitat Networks in Saxony - Identification of 'gaps' with potential functions for endangered vertebrates The ongoing anthropogenic change of the landscape has pushed back many native species to limited or isolated, mostly smallscale habitats. In order to improve the living quality of these species a habitat network could spatially and functionally connect their remaining living environment as well as other potential habitats. This process could lead to a tight network and and additionally integrate the existing protection sites as ecological core areas. Applying GIS-based methods the study investigated the spatial preconditions for the realisation of such a habitat network for threatened vertebrate species in Saxony. The focus lay on the identification of so-called 'gaps' defined as semi-natural biotopes that are currently located outside of protected areas and could potentially serve as habitats and migration corridors for endangered species. These gaps should be integrated into the network of protected areas with the help of local implementation-oriented measures. Beforehand, however, their function as possible core areas of the habitat network has to be reassessed, depending for example on their current use and on the existence of linear barriers.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.6.2 | Award Amount: 1.15M | Year: 2011

NiCE will promote and advance implementation of the commitments of the Green Digital Charter (GDC).\nPromoted by EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities, and signed by 23 cities until September 2011, the GDC commits signatories to exploit ICT as enabling technology for reducing CO2 emissions, to demonstrate leadership in adopting innovative technical solutions for delivering on climate change commitments; and to build partnership between the public and private sectors to use ICT as an enabler to significantly reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. It is structured into three building blocks:\n1. Develop GDC Framework and Tools\nThe project will develop a common framework and tools for classifying, assessing, reporting on, and supporting city actions in the context of the Green Digital Charter, also with a view of allowing integration with the cities Covenant of Mayors reporting activities.\n2. City Support and Action\nThese framework and tools will be transferred to cities and their implementation partners through a series of targeted exchange and learning activities with experts and other signatory cities with a view to triggering implementation. A strategy for continued exploitation and support activities beyond the projects lifetime will be put in place.\n3. Outreach and Engagement\nNetworking and visibility events will be held to increase the number of signatories and showcase cooperation opportunities with key policy and practices communities, including a special focus on engaging with Chinese cities currently developing similar initiatives.


Walz U.,Leibniz Institute fur okologische Raumentwicklung e.V | Schumacher U.,Leibniz Institute fur okologische Raumentwicklung e.V
Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung | Year: 2010

Based on the analysis of existing indicator systems for the spatial protection of nature and landscape in Germany, the study identifies gaps and makes proposals how to extend the existing set of indicators. The "Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development"in Dresden is establishing a federal monitoring system for the development of settlements and open space throughout Germany, in future offering two additional indicators: The first indicator on "nature and species protection" refers to the protection categories national park, nature conservation area and Natura 2000-Site (consisting of SAC- and SPA-areas). The second indicator contains all areas for "landscape protection", assembling the categories nature park, landscape protection area and biosphere reserve (without enclosed areas for nature and species protection). The cartographic representation and statistical analysis of geodata of different protection categories delivers important information for landscape planning. Spatial analyses on this base provide goal-oriented evidence on anthropogenic land use pressure in protected landscapes and on the dynamics of this development. © 2010 Verlag Eugen Ulmer.

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