View from the top of the Ölberg into the Rhine valley - a gradient from near-to-nature landscape to densely settled areas.
View from the top of the Ölberg - the highest mountain in the Siebengebirge close to Bonn - to the densely settled Rhine area. Craddle of nature conservation and industrial infrastructures are spatially closele intermingled.

INTERACT - Integrated Landscape Assessment for Sustainable Resource Management

Project time period:
January, 2017 to December, 2018

In the past 25 years, societal and political changes in Central and East Europe as well as Southeast Europe (CEE-SEE) have led to significant landscape changes. Ethnic, religious and economic conflicts shape landscape pattern, which manifests itself in abandoned agricultural areas or increasing urbanization. Applying integrated spatial planning in CEE-SEE countries need to extend cross-border approaches by intercultural methods and new communication technologies. INTERact addresses the question how to implement the theory of social-ecological systems for a sustainable development of neighbouring regions. For this purpose, the project addresses the following challenges:

  1. How do cultural, political and societal changes affect the landscape pattern?
  2. How to develop strategies in spatial planning for a sustainable resource management
  3. How to involve different research institutes and regional stakeholders for an integrated analysis?

Due to the partnership between INTERact and the European Land-Use Institute (, already existing cooperation in CEE-SEE countries can be used and subsequently expanded. The outcome of phase one is to establish a motivated consortium, while in the second phase international cooperation will be set up to elaborate project proposals.


GLP Themes: Telecoupling of land use systems, Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land management systems, Urban-rural interactions, Land use and conflict

GLP Methods: Co-production and transdisciplinarity, Decision support tools and approaches, GIS, Institutional Analysis, Integrative Assessments, Interdisciplinary methods, Modelling, Participatory methods, Past land use/historical land use reconstruction, Qualitative social science methods (interviews, observations, document review, surveys), Social network analysis, Spatial Analysis, Supply and value chains, Synthesis/meta-analysis/meta-study, Visualization/Scenarios

Principal Investigator(s)