INtegreted FORest Management and Education: Concepts for protection and socioeconomic reviving of rural areas in Brandenburg und Liguria (INFORME)

Originally, the Ligurian and the Brandenburgian part of this project were developed separately from each other, both within the framework of the Robinwood programme. The present document has been developed together by both partners in close cooperation. The Ingauna Mountain Community ist a local development agency of Liguria. Its main objective is the socio-economic development of the region and its municipalities, in particular to favour the permanence of the inhabitants in the rural zones. A development plan is developed every four years, which focuses on the improvement of productive activities. of infrastructure as well as services in the mountain zone. Development activities in particular react to and try to overcome the problems of under-use of forests addressed in section 1.2. This will add synergies to the general activities of territory revitalisation. All management and ecucation activities must be integrated into a holistic concept: re-establishment of a system of forest management in order to reverse the trend of forest abandon; re-evaluation of the landscape; rediscovery of a cultural heritage connected to the activities in the woods; protection of the environment through a process of hydro-geological re-qualification. The Brandenburg partners have been co-operatig for several years in research and development of forested landscapes and are members of a regional network, the Brandenburg research platform. The project idea focuses on education, particularly wood mire educational programmes. It is assumed that sustainability will thus be increased - both for the mires themselves as well as for local socio-economic development. Mires and especially woodmires cover large areas in Germany, ccommodate important habitats and represent important functions of nature such as water-balance, archives of history, etc. In the past, they were strongly degenerated through anthropogenic interventions. Educational programmes, e.g. mire trails, will increase public awareness of the relevance of mire ecosystems and thus sensitise towards mire conservation. Conventional timber production is not economical as wood mires must be managed extensively. The contribution to socio-economic development ist indirect: They have a high but underutilised potential for sustainable tourism. At the robinwood workshop in Mucia it became evident, that sufficient similarities exist with regard to basic problems (population/economic decrease, ecological and esp. hydrogeological disorders, unsusstainable use of forests) as well as the envisaged solutions (integration of forest management, education and tourist activities). The present partners therofore decided to build a strategic alliance with the aim of an integrated development of concepts for the protection and socio-economic revitalisation of rural areas as well as a timely exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Principal investigators
Zeitz, Jutta Prof. Dr. agr. (Details) (Experimental Station Crop Sciences)

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Duration of project
Start date: 10/2006
End date: 09/2007

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