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The City of Dresden is supposed to become climate-neutral by 2035. This is the central goal of the DresdenZero initiative, which citizens of the city have joined together to form. The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) supports the initiative's request.

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How can Lusatia develop by the year 2050 - without coal mining and instead ecologically sustainable and livable for the local people? The exhibition "Raumbilder Lausitz 2050" (Spatial Imaginaries Lusatia 2050) is dedicated to this question. The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will be showing it from 3 February to 4 March in the Centre for Building Culture (ZfBK) Saxony in the Kulturpalast Dresden. The exhibition will be opened with a vernissage on 2 February at 7 p.m.

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The effects of climate change are increasingly affecting rivers and lakes and threatening the ecological balance in these waters. Adaptation measures are needed. However, in order to implement them in a targeted manner, more knowledge is needed about the complex interactions in aquatic ecosystems. Adaptations are also recommended for the European Water Framework Directive, which aims to achieve a "good ecological status" in bodies of water. This is the conclusion reached by researchers at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development and the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater…

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The dramatic loss of biodiversity threatens our basis of life. In the run-up to the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in Montreal, a broad alliance of German scientific and non-governmental organisations has therefore issued the "Frankfurt Declaration" calling for an end to economic activity against nature. The IOER supports the demands and offers summarised in the position paper.

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The 8th conference of the "Network of early career researchers in sustainability transitions" (NEST) will take place in Dresden in summer 2023. Host institutions for the conference will be the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) and the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS). The conference will take place on 30 June and 1 July 2023 and is aimed at early career researchers. The call for abstracts is open until 15 February 2023.

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One of the Teaching Awards of the Association of Friends and Sponsors of Technische Universität Dresden e. V. 2022 goes to Prof. Dr Wolfgang Wende, head of a research area at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER). Together with his team, he is awarded in the category "Ecological Sustainability" for the course "Bauleitplanung" (Urban Land Use Planning) at the Chair of Urban Development.

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Leibniz Research Network presents concrete recommendations for action

By 2030, 30 per cent of the planet's land and sea areas should be protected. All subsidies leading to the degradation of nature should be reallocated. These are two of the recommendations from the Leibniz Research Network Biodiversity, of which the IOER is a member. The researchers are publishing their "10 Must Dos from Biodiversity Science" on the occasion of the United Nations’ COP15 World Conference on Nature, which begins Wednesday in Montreal, Canada.

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Aerial view, urban fringe sprawl

Despite many efforts to curb urban sprawl, it continues to progress dramatically. From 1990 to 2014, urban sprawl increased by 95 percent worldwide. During this period, the built-up area grew by an average of around 1.2 square kilometres (more than 160 football fields) every hour. This is the result of a joint study by scientists from the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden (Germany) and Concordia University in Montréal (Canada). They have published their findings in the journal "PLOS Sustainability and Transformation".

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Studies of the Anthropocene continue to uncover the complex and dynamic interrelations between the societal world and the Earth system. At an international conference, researchers from the natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities have now joined forces to address the question of how these increasing mutual impacts can be better understood and further developed towards global sustainability.

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Coast with bird colony

Josefine Gottschalk, a researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), has been awarded the 2022 Research Award of Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) for her Master's thesis on holistic marine protection in European marine spatial planning. With this award, BUND recognises ground-breaking work by young scientists conducting research on sustainable development.

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.