Sustainable cultural landscape development

Luftbild des Rheins mit Auen und kleinen Städten. © Hochschule Geisenheim

Today's modern age is causing great changes in cultural landscapes. The use of landscapes through intensification of land use (agriculture, forestry, settlements, energy generation etc.) leads to ever more profound changes in these high-quality cultural landscapes. Characteristics such as historical elements and diversity, which determine value are irretrievably lost.

The Competence Center for Cultural Landscape (CULT) deals with this problem and develops strategies and approaches to promote sustainable development of cultivated landscapes.

Areas of Interests


The network sees itself as a ‘thinking factory’, which promotes the technical discourse on new and current topics between experts from science and practice and develops initiatives from them. These can be education and information, as well as research and practical projects.

It wants to represent the “state-of-the-art” on current issues of nature conservation and landscape development, identify any gaps in knowledge and implementation, and also show possible solutions.

If you would like to be included in the network, please send us an email.

Research and development
Eine Person notiert etwas auf einem Blatt Papier, daneben liegen eine Lupe und Pflanzenteile © Hochschule Geisenheim /

The niche of the Competence Center is the close networking of science and practical application; especially here there are major deficits in the federal and state governments.

A network is being set up consisting of application-oriented funders, researchers, and practice partners, who are all interested in the direct implementation of research results in their daily work.

As a result, work is being carried out in a more practice-oriented way than before on the most urgent issues of cultivated landscape development. To do this, people of various disciplines network with each other.

Continuing Education
Eine Hand legt das Blatt eines Baumes auf ein Buch zur Bestimmung von Pflanzen. © Hochschschule Geisenheim

The plan is to create a modular, occupational training system, offering varying training formats ranging from one-day or multi-day seminars to part-time master's degrees.

This further education program is not to be found in Geisenheim alone, but in a nationwide network. Methods of self-determined eLearning with presence phases are used in many cases.

Working Groups of the CULT

Working Group on KuLaDig

The digital system KuLaDig (Kulturlandschaft Digital) was developed for the recording and presentation of cultural landscape elements. It is used to solve a variety of different cultural landscape problems, for example in regional development, nature conservation, environmental education and tourism. To support networking among the various KuLaDig actors and to release synergies for the future, a transnational KuLaDig working group was founded under the umbrella of the CULT. It meets at regular intervals.



Historical cultural landscape in Kaysersberg (Author: Jörn Schultheiß)
Working Group on Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem services provided by nature are of fundamental importance for human life, because the cultural landscape and landscape development cannot function without fertile soils, clean and available water, biodiversity, natural hazard protection and nature's recreational services. Agro-ecosystems are components of the cultural landscape which themselves provide ecosystem services, which in turn have a negative impact on nature's services if they are not managed sustainably: nitrate pollution, pesticide residues, water pollution, soil erosion or monocultures reduce our quality of life.

At regular meetings, the Working Group on Ecosystem Services in the Competence Center Cultural Landscape deals with the future development of the cultural landscape and how the concept of ecosystem services can be used as an instrument of landscape development. Contact person is Dr. Martin Reiss at the Hochschule Geisenheim University.


If you have any questions or if you would like to cooperate please write an email at Joern.Schultheiss(at)


May 5 & 6, 2022: Conference "Are we digging our water out of the forest? Challenges and solutions for a sustainable management of forest hydrology". Registration here. Confrence language is German!

CULT Download Area

In the CULT Download Area you can download files from the CULT-network. These are sorted by date and, if necessary, by the respective event. However, some files are not intended for publication. To download them you need a password. You will receive this by sending us an e-mail.




Eckhard Jedicke
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Jedicke
Building 7100
Room 01.05
Phone +49 6722 502 760
Eckhard.Jedicke(at) Details
Jörn Schultheiß
Dr. Jörn Schultheiß
Building 7100
Room 01.06
Phone +49 6722 502 653
Joern.Schultheiss(at) Details
Katharina Adler
Katharina Adler, M.Sc.
Building 7100
Room 01.03
Phone +49 6722 502 652
Katharina.Adler(at) Details
Alexander Peters
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Alexander Peters, M.H.Edu
Building 6701
Room 104
Phone +49 6722 502 772
Alexander.Peters(at) Details
Martin Reiss
Dr. Martin Reiss
Building 7100
Room 01.03
Phone +49 6722 502 654
Martin.Reiss(at) Details