The Professorship for Landscape Planning and Impact Mitigation pursues an integrative approach with a focus on the landscape level, with special consideration of the natural and socio-cultural characteristics of Central Europe, as well as a close integration of research and teaching and a strong international connection to current scientific and political topics.
In research, the focus is on the management of impacts, considering both the long standing experience with the German impact mitigation regulation and existing compensation approaches in other countries as well as the growing global discussion on biodiversity offsets. Current and future requirements of landscape planning are addressed, e.g. with regard to the global loss of biodiversity, the steered planning for different land uses (e.g. energy, agriculture, transport), the anthropogenic impact on the (cultural) landscape and nature conservation policy at different levels (e.g. UN sustainability agenda).
The focus of the teaching is on a sound planning education on the contents and methods of formal and informal landscape planning, impact mitigation regulation and environmental assessments. Building on this, students should be able to establish, analyse and discuss references to other subject areas across disciplinary boundaries, as well as to political and social objectives and discourses, e.g. the valuation of nature, ecosystem services and market-based approaches. In this context, the students should be enabled to connect to the international scientific community, e.g. by lectures in English and cooperating with partner institutions, e.g. from France and Australia.