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National natural landscapes and renewable energies

Project title: National Natural Landscapes (NNL) and utilisation of renewable energies

Focus

  • Environmental compatibility of wind energy, biomass, ground-mounted PV and power routes
  • Concepts for sustainable management in biosphere reserves and nature parks
  • Regulatory approaches in National Natural Landscapes

Contact

Institute for Rural Development Research (ifls)
at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main
Kurfürstenstr. 49, 60486 Frankfurt/Main
Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein
Tel.: +49 69 9726683-17
gehrlein(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsifls.de

 

Funding

FKZ 3513 82 0100
Departmental Research Plan 2013
Term: 01.07.2013 – 31.12.2016

The project examined the question of what could constitute an ecologically sustainable energy transition in nature parks and biosphere reserves. Nature parks and biosphere reserves, as components of the National Natural Landscapes (NNL), account for around 30% of the area of Germany. Land-use changes arising from the expansion of renewable energies must be balanced against natural resources such as biodiversity and landscape, especially in natural landscapes. At the same time, in accordance with their objectives, the use of renewable energies must be included in approaches to a sustainable management of the two site protection categories.

A distinction was made between conceptual/planning, regulative, incentive-based and cooperative/persuasive regulatory approaches. The project considered the expansion of wind energy, biomass, ground-mounted PV and power lines in terms of their environmental compatibility. A detailed guideline was produced that presents development options for biosphere reserves and nature parks in view of the conflicting demands of nature conservation and renewable energies. These options need to be integrated using specific regulatory approaches in the context of large protected areas. Finally, transferable results for sub-areas will be generated from the nature conservation field and/or the reviewed regulatory repertoire.

METHODS

The project first analysed examples of environmentally compatible utilisation of renewable energies in NNL and their regulation. In addition to a literature review, the EUROPARC and Verband Deutscher Naturparke e.V. (VDN) associations asked their members about experiences with the use of renewable energies. A further step involved 14 case studies from biosphere reserves and nature parks throughout Germany where regional regulation options for using renewable energies in an environmentally compatible manner were reviewed as examples. Workshops were held with regional stakeholders on some of the main topics. The project also looked at integrated regulatory approaches and the role of large protected areas and their opportunities for action to support regional climate protection strategies and sustainable management. The results were combined into recommendations and evaluated by a two-stage Delphi method. The insights obtained from this were used in a guideline for action. For biosphere reserves and nature parks this shows how the protected area goals and the use of environmentally compatible renewable energy can be reconciled for each type of energy.

Results

Work packages

Work packages

  1. Analysing the status quo and recent developments (expansion status of renewable energies and effect on nature parks (NRP) and biosphere reserves (BR), current regulatory approaches, conflicts and synergies in NRP and BR)
  2. Examining case studies (selection and examination of 14 case study areas on specific key topics such as zonation plans for expanding the use of wind energy, energy recovery from landscape management material, etc.)
  3. Demonstrating and agreeing action approaches (carrying out a Delphi method with experts and representatives from the case study areas)
  4. Developing a guideline (demonstrating conceptual/planning, regulative, incentive-based and cooperative/persuasive regulatory approaches and concepts for sustainable management)

Project partners

Project partners

Project management

Institute for Rural Development Research (ifls)
at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main
Kurfürstenstr. 49, 60486 Frankfurt/Main
Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein
Tel.: +49 69 9726683-17
gehrlein(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsifls.de

Project partners

University Kassel
Department 06 Architecture, urban planning, landscape planning
Department of Landscape Development / Environmental and Planning Law
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. iur. Andreas Mengel
Henschelstr. 2, 34127 Kassel
Tel.: +49 561 804-3570
mengel(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsasl.uni-kassel.de

EUROPARC Deutschland e.V.
Pfalzburger Str. 43/44, 10717 Berlin
Dr. Elke Baranek
Tel.: +49 30 22878820
elke.baranek(at)avoid-unrequested-mailseuroparc-deutschland.de

Verband Deutscher Naturparke (VDN)
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 9, 53113 Bonn
Jörg Liesen
Tel.: +49 228 9212861
liesen(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsnaturparke.de

Funding authority

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
FG II 2.3 Large protected areas
Konstantinstr. 110, 53179 Bonn
Martina Porzelt
Tel.: +49 228 84911565
Martina.Porzelt(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsBfN.de

 

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