Climate change, shortage of resources and changing environmental circumstances pose an enormous challenge for humans and nature, which we need address urgently and systematically. In Bavaria, sensitive ecosystems are already being impacted significantly. Cities are strongly affected, but also have unused potential to mitigate the impacts of climate change and to adapt to them.
Therefore the aim of eco-political strategies is to mitigate climate change as rapidly and intensively as possible (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) whilst at the same time they aim to adapt to the already noticeable impacts of the climate change, or react preventively.
The aim of the centre for urban ecology and climate adaptation is to develop, jointly with partner-cities, guidelines and urban concepts for communes integrating reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change adaptation measures. Such guidelines may then be exemplary for other cities in Bavaria. In order to improve the resilience of Bavarian cities, a synergy of ecosystem services, energy savings at the building and neighbourhood levels and renewable energies is aimed for.
In order to systematically develop integrated strategies for climate protection and climate adaptation, the first subproject (TP1) of the ZSK "Climate Protection and Green Infrastructure in the City" builds on the state of research in the following topics:
- Climate change impacts, vulnerability and resilience
- Climate adaptation through ecosystem services of green infrastructure, including biodiversity
- Climate protection through energy efficiency and renewable energies
- Integrated urban development climate protection and adaptation strategies
Detailed case studies of urban neighbourhoods in three Bavarian cities aim at an interaction of ecosystem services, energy savings at the building and neighbourhood level and renewable energies. The resulting synergies will be researched in close cooperation with the partner cities. The aim is to counteract climate change and improve the resilience of Bavarian cities to climate change.
TP1 extends approaches to integrated urban development concepts and develops guidelines for future development in urban areas and concrete urban development measures. The project intends to generate pioneering projects of integrated planning that can be transferred to other cities in Germany. The project also aims to expand networking with relevant organizations, including the Bayerische Ingenieurkammer-Bau and the Bayerische Architektenkammer, Climate Alliance partners of the Bavarian State Government and local umbrella organizations.
- Building simulations
- Modelling of ecosystem services of green infrastructure
- Scenarios for the adaptation of building structures and open areas
- Integrated system modelling
- Socioeconomic studies
- Questionnaires of experts
- Mile stone
- Workshops and conferences
- Partnerships with cities and municipalities
After a duration of four years (2013-2017) the first subproject of the ZSK "Mitigation and Urban Green Infrastructure" was now successfully completed with a guideline for municipalities in Bavaria and a final report.
The guideline can be downloaded here (german, 48.0 MB).
The final report can be downloaded here (german, 11.8 MB).
We thank all involved for the successful collaboration!