Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development
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Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER)
The Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden is an establishment of the Leibniz Association for research in the spatial sciences focussing on ecological aspects of sustainable development. It was founded in 1992, is jointly funded by the federal and Saxony governments and is a research establishment with a staff of over 100.
The Institute addresses the scientific basis for the sustainable development of cities and regions in the national and international context. Research concentrates on four main areas:
The Research Area ‘Landscape Change and Management’ is concerned with analysing change in cities and regions. Particular attention is paid to open spaces and ecosystem services, as well as strategies and tools for influencing them. One topic is to contribute to the ecological redevelopment of cities with
particular focus on ecosystem services, including post-industrial landscapes.
The Research Area ‘Resource Efficiency of Settlement Structures’ looks
at whether and to what extent cities, buildings, and infrastructures can be designed
and refined to consume less land and material and to achieve higher
energy efficiency. It is investigated how cities, buildings, and infrastructures
can be developed to use land, raw materials, and energy more efficiently.
The Research Area ‘Environmental Risks in Urban and Regional
Development’ is concerned with analysing and assessing risks for spatial
development from natural hazards and climate change. Planning strategies,
tools, and measures in risk prevention are also addressed.
The Research Area ‘Monitoring of Settlement and Open Space
Development’ develops survey, monitoring, and analytical procedures for
better describing the state of and changes in land use. Forecast procedures
are also elaborated for establishing housing land requirements as a driving
force in urban and regional development.
The institute makes its findings available to the political authorities and society. It places great value on the promotion of young researchers and has therefore introduced structured support for doctoral students. Together with the Technical University of Dresden and the Academy for Spatial Research and Regional Planning (ARL), the IOER in 2008 established an internationally oriented Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS).
The Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development (IOER) is involved in the B-Team project as a scientific partner.
It will supervise two local partners according to its specific expertise, in sustainable urban development by using brownfieds and in strategic questions. The IOER links ecological aspects – especially with regard to climate adaptation aspects, biodiversity and habitat connectivity – with questions of spatial planning and policies in the wider context of urban (re)development. Advice will be given especially to Sevilla (E), were experiences regarding planning policies and possibilities of signposting brownfield sites would be of great benefit and to Dresden (D), where land use pattern, temporary uses and stages of developing a district are main topics in reuse of brownfields.