854331 Global aspects in landscape planning (in Eng.)

Vorlesung und Exkursion
Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Weber, Karin , Lexer, Wolfgang , Damyanovic, Doris , Promper, Catrin , Dopler, Anna
Institut für Landschaftsplanung (ILAP)
Angeboten im Semester
Sommersemester 2018
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


This seminar puts the focus on global aspects which play a role in landscape and spatial planning issues. A variety of global aspects such as e.g. demographic change, political changes, urbanization or climate change have a significant impact on the spatial development and socio-economy on different scales.

This course will focus on common approaches to governance of climate change adaptation in the Alpine Region. Furthermore, the synergies between natural hazard risk management and climate change adaptation strategies will be surveyed. The objective is to identify important policy approaches, formal and informal instruments, implementation measures or initiatives, and key stakeholder and actors in this processes, taking into account the integration of a gender perspective.

Important transnational frameworks to understand this topic are the Alpine Convention and the European Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP). The Alpine Convention is an international treaty between the Alpine Countries (Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia and Switzerland) as well as the EU, for the sustainable development and protection of the Alps. The EU-Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) aims at ensuring mutually beneficial interaction between the mountain regions at its core and the surrounding lowlands and urban areas. Relevant processes under both the Alpine Convention and the EUSALP are embedded in global and EU policy frameworks for adaptation to climate change and disaster risk reduction as well as for enhancing the coherence between both fields of action. Moreover, also at the national level multi-level policy processes and governance designs are in place or need to be developed to implement action on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction on the ground, including coordination and cooperation between both policy fields.

The lectures will be complemented by a two and half day excursion to different projects implementing climate change adaptation and natural hazard risk management strategies in Austria.

The seminar will be carried out by different experts in the field of landscape planning, climate change and natural hazard risk governance.

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

English written and spoken are a prerequisite



Students learn about relevant global aspects of climate change adaptation and natural hazards management, with a special focus on the Alpine Region. They get to know relevant policies and implementations strategies in the context of climate change adaptation in different countries.
Students will, on the basis of good-practice examples, learn how climate change adaptation is implemented on different spatial scales and by various stakeholders.
They will understand how climate change adaptation is interlinked with natural hazards management.
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