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Sustainable Land Management in a European Context

A Co-Design Approach

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  • Reflects on European debate about sustainable land management
  • Discusses system solutions and governance approaches to cope with current and future societal challenges
  • Presents research results against the backdrop of knowledge transfer and implementation beyond the scientific world
  • Integrates different topics of land management within sustainability (water, resource management, climate change)

Part of the book series: Human-Environment Interactions (HUEN, volume 8)

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This open access book presents and discusses current issues and innovative solution approaches for land management in a European context. Manifold sustainability issues are closely interconnected with land use practices. Throughout the world, we face increasing conflict over the use of land as well as competition for land.

Drawing on experience in sustainable land management gained from seven years of the FONA programme (Research for Sustainable Development, conducted under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), the book stresses and highlights co-design processes within the “co-creation of knowledge”, involving collaboration in transdisciplinary research processes between academia and other stakeholders. 

The book begins with an overview of the current state of land use practices and the subsequent need to manage land resources more sustainably. New system solutions and governance approaches in sustainable land management are presented from a European perspective on land use. The volume also addresses how to use new modes of knowledge transfer between science and practice. New perspectives in sustainable land management and methods of combining knowledge and action are presented to a broad readership in land system sciences and environmental sciences, social sciences and geosciences.

This book received the Gerd Albers Award. The prize is awarded by the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP).

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Land-Use: State and Drivers in Europe


“With the growing need for managing the land resources for future sustainability goals, the present book can be an excellent reference material for regulatory agencies and policymakers for the science knowledge implementation complemented with integrative land use management approaches. … the current book could be a decent source for developing insight into the principles of knowledge design and providing solutions at the landscape level for sustainable land use management.” (Vivek Verma and Sheikh Adil Edrisi, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 373, 2022)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Environmental Science and Geography, University of Potsdam, Campus Golm, Potsdam, Germany

    Thomas Weith

  • Research Area ‘Land Use and Governance’, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany

    Tim Barkmann, Christian Strauß

  • Science Management and Transfer, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany

    Nadin Gaasch

  • Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany

    Sebastian Rogga

  • Working Group “Co-Design of Change and Innovation”, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany

    Jana Zscheischler

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sustainable Land Management in a European Context

  • Book Subtitle: A Co-Design Approach

  • Editors: Thomas Weith, Tim Barkmann, Nadin Gaasch, Sebastian Rogga, Christian Strauß, Jana Zscheischler

  • Series Title: Human-Environment Interactions

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-50840-1Published: 29 August 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-50843-2Published: 18 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-50841-8Published: 28 August 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2214-2339

  • Series E-ISSN: 2452-1744

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 347

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sustainable Development, Regional/Spatial Science, Environmental Geography, Human Geography, Knowledge - Discourse

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