The significance of federal-level strategies on spatial development for environmental policy

Challenges for spatially-relevant environmental and nature protection have strongly increased. In particular, the preservation of areas for the expansion of renewable energies, spatial adaptation to climate change including flood protection, a reduction of land consumption and the creation of linked open spaces to protect biological diversity are critical issues.

The goal of this research project is to evaluate the implementation of environmental goals and principles in regional spatial planning using practical examples. Recommendations for action are then developed to strengthen environmental considerations in comprehensive spatial planning as well as for spatially-relevant sectoral planning and policies. The project is led by the Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER).