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Green Urban Redevelopment: Planting Urban Woodlands in Inner-City Areas to Foster Land-Use Change – A Contribution to Urban Development

Funding Priority:

Promoting green urban renewal: Urban development in line with nature conservation objectives


Location

City of Leipzig, Saxony


Project Lifecycle

01/2007 – 02/2008 (preliminary study)
03/2009 - 12/2017 (main project)
06/2009 - 09/2019 (accompanying research)


Summary

green area in Leipzig

In the current debate on urban shrinkage and against the backdrop of the economic crunch, the planting of woodlands in cities could prove an alternative both to scrubland and to intensively structured and maintained parks and gardens. Until now, the issue of urban woodlands has largely focused on city fringes. The aim of this T&D project is to identify the conditions needed to promote urban woodlands and find ways to actively manage the development of woodlands and areas already containing woodland-type shrubbery. Using model areas, trials will be conducted to ascertain how land can be claimed and new woodlands planted, and the level of management effort involved in their long-term upkeep and acceptance. As opposed to traditional forestry, the idea of urban woodlands will be looked at from an interdisciplinary, integrated approach that takes in economic, social, nature conservation and urban ecology needs.


Entity Responsible for the Project

City of Leipzig (preliminary study and main project)
Stadtplanungsamt
04092 Leipzig
Germany

TU Dresden, (accompanying research)
Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur
Prof. Dr. Catrin Schmidt
01062 Dresden
Germany


Point of Contact at BfN

Jens Schiller FG II 4.1


Project Funding Agencies

Federal German Agency for Nature Conservation, City of Leipzig, State of Saxony, TU Dresden, Gutburg Mieterservice GmbH, Stiftung Wald für Sachsen, Büro Irene Burkhardt Landschaftsarchitekten


Grant Amount

3,347,000 €


Further information

[BURKHARDT, I., DIETRICH, R., HOFFMANN, H., LESCHNER, J., LOHMANN, K., SCHODER, F. & SCHULTZ, A. (2008):
Urbane Wälder. Abschlussbericht zur Voruntersuchung für das Erprobungs- und Entwicklungsvorhaben „Ökologische Stadterneuerung durch Anlage urbaner Waldflächen auf innerstädtischen Flächen im Nutzungswandel – ein Beitrag zur Stadtentwicklung“.
Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 63: 214 S. (order here)

BURKHARDT, I. & LOHMANN, K., (2010): Urbaner Wald - ein neuer Freiflächentyp. In: Garten und Landschaft. - 120 (2010), H. 5, S. 32-35.

RINK, D. & ARNDT, T. (2011): Urbane Wälder: Ökologische Stadterneuerung durch Anlage urbaner Waldflächen auf innerstädtischer Flächen im Nutzungswandel. Ein Beitrag zur Stadtentwicklung. Leipzig, Helmholzzentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ-Bericht 03/2011).

Website Urbane Wälder (only in German)


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