COAST- Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research

Sustainable land use and Biodiversity

Biodiversität / Landnutzung

© [Maja Wolzenburg]

Coastal regions have to face change processes – due to climate change and increasing land use conflicts. Sustainable land use means to meet these future challenges and to sustain the land and resources for us and future generations. One main goal is to preserve nature, the livelihood for diverse species. This conservation of biodiversity is of central importance.

Topics:

  • sustainable land use management in the North Sea region
  • development of climate adaptation strategies
  • ecosystem services
  • participative processes

Running Projects

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BEFmate

Biodiversity – Ecosystem Functioning across marine and terrestrial ecosystems

Funding body: Land Niedersachsen

Project duration: 2014 - 2018

Institutions: ICBM

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nascent

New opportunities for a sustainable food system through transformative enterprise models

Funding body: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Main focus: Sustainable food supply system, that enables food sovereignty and resilient food production on a regional level

Project duration: 01.04.2015 - 31.03.2018

Institutions: CENTOS

Completed Projects

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COMTESS

Sustainable Coastal Land Management: Trade-offs in Ecosystem Services

Funding body: BMBF

Main focus: The collaborative research project will perform an inter- and transdisciplinary investigation of four land management scenarios, applied to coastal regions along the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in Germany. COMTESS will quantify and evaluate the performance of multiple ecosystem functions and services in each scenario in socio-economic and ecological terms.

Project duration: October 2010 - December 2016

Institutions: COAST, CEM, ZENARiO

Kornweihen

Funding body: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Niedersächsische Wattenmeerstiftung und Nationalparkverwaltung Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer

Main focus: Kornweihen gehören zu den seltensten und am stärksten bedrohten Brutvögeln in Deutschland. Dem niedersächsischen Wattenmeer kommt dabei eine besondere Bedeutung zu, denn nahezu der gesamte deutsche Brutbestand der Kornweihe brütet auf den Ostfriesischen Inseln. Zu wissen, wie Kornweihen in ihrem Lebensraum Wattenmeer "funktionieren", ist von grundlegender Bedeutung für den Erhalt der Brutpopulation und für die Erarbeitung eines wirkungsvollen Schutzkonzeptes.

Project duration: 2009 - 2016

Institutions: CEM

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Artenhilfsprogramme für drei FFH-Libellenarten in NW-Deutschland


Funding body: DBU

Main focus: Ziel des DBU-Projektes ist die Zustandsanalyse der aktuellen Vorkommen dreier gefährdeter und nach Europarecht (FFH-Richtlinie) geschützter Libellenarten. Darauf aufbauend findet im Projekt eine Planung und Erprobung von Maßnahmen zur Verbesserung der Lebensraumqualität und des Lebensraumverbundes statt.

Project duration: 01.04.2012 - 30.09.2014

Institutions: ZENARiO, IBU

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Clim-A-Net

The North-South-Network on Climate Proofing of Vulnerable Regions

Funding body: DAAD

Main focus: Interdisciplinary cooperation project for adaptation strategies to climate change between the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UO), the Tanzanian University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and the South African Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

Project duration: November 2010 - December 2014

Institutions: COAST

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Developing Sustainability

Interdisciplinary research network with universities in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Funding body: DAAD

Main focus: (Further) Development of inter-disciplinary teaching programs, research activities and institution building regarding sustainability at all partner institutions

Project duration: August 2009 – December 2013

Institutions: COAST

VICE

Vector borne infections: risk based and cost efficient surveillance systems

Funding body: Federal Office for Agriculture and Food

Main focus: The aim of the EU-research project VICE is the development of a computer-based surveillance system that allows a continuous estimation of the outbreak risk of such diseases. Thus, in times of high outbreak risk fast and specific preventive actions are possible.

Project duration: April 2012 - December 2015

Institutions: ZENARiO