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Summary
 

In 1788 Rudolf Zacharias Becker published a “Not- und Hilfsbüchlein für Bauersleute“ („emergency and support booklet for peasants“), that was associated with the activities of the academies of sciences and humanities. The interdisciplinary research group “LandInnovation“ was established in 2004 and ties up to this tradition to collect expert knowledge about important questions of the use of rural areas, even though problems and approaches to solutions have changed considerably since that time. The research group opens up the opportunity for representatives of the sciences, engineering technology, economy, law, and the social sciences to develop multidisciplinary suggestions for a future-oriented use of peripheral areas.
 

Land-use means to develop and activate landscapes or parts of landscapes. It comprises the extraction of natural resources and the restoration of disturbed or degraded landscapes. Land-use has been a central societal challenge for centuries. Considering agriculture and animal husbandry, forestry, mining, water management or infrastructural questions – sustainable solutions to problems can only be realized through a tight cooperation between different disciplines. 
 

The work of the group builds on an analysis of current uses of rural areas in North-Eastern Germany’s lowlands. Scenarios for a sustainable best-practice land-use including concrete suggestions for relevant stakeholders are to be derived. As both environmental conditions and societal demands to land-uses in agricultural areas are changing rapidly, there are presently important questions to be answered. Examples are:

  • to sustainably supply the population with clear water and top-quality food
  • to maintain cultural landscapes and to secure biodiversity
  • to explore the potentials and consequences of breeding and spreading genetically engineered plants and animals
  • to develop sustainable systems of energy supply
  • to study aspects of regional sustainability
  • to analyze effects of increasingly globalized markets and their feedback to rural regions
     

The overall aim of the research group is the development of a basic vision for the future land-use in the Berlin-Brandenburg area. Three important aspects of land-use will be analyzed with priority: Aspects of plant production supported by genetic engineering, the question of regenerative energy supply systems and the use of renewable primary products and innovations in animal husbandry. The research pursues aims of science, science policy, and societal policy.