Landscape architecture

Protecting nature

Botanischer Volkspark Blankenfelde, Planung: FUGMANN JANOTTA PARTNER, Foto: P. Winkelmeier

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Nature and the landscape, both in settled and unsettled areas, are to be protected in such a way that the biological diversity, the performance and functionality of the natural balance, the diversity, character and beauty as well as the recreational value of nature and the landscape are safeguarded in the long term - this is the mandate of the Federal Nature Conservation Act.

A core concern of landscape architects is to reconcile the protection of nature and landscape with other social concerns in an appropriate manner. In doing so, solutions for individual cases are identified with a sense of proportion.

In urban areas, landscape architects develop concepts for urban nature conservation. Their planning ensures, for example, that dynamic urban nature can be experienced by children and is compatible with the requirements of species protection. Open spaces are developed into multifunctional urban green spaces.

In the open countryside, landscape architects help nature conservation to be given due consideration with concrete usage concepts and environmental assessments, for example in relation to agriculture and new transport infrastructures. The task of avoiding new impairments to nature and landscape, or at least compensating for them in a creative and forward-looking way, is becoming increasingly important.

The spectrum in nature and landscape protection includes:

  • Impact regulation, compensation concepts, land pool and eco-accounts
  • Environmental assessments, environmental impact studies/assessments (UVP, SUP, UVP report)
  • FFH impact assessments (FFH-VP), species protection assessments (saP)
  • Maintenance and development planning
  • Management plans and protected area concepts
  • Concepts for visitor guidance and information
  • Species protection concepts, biotope network planning
  • Species and biotope type mapping
  • Landscape framework plans, landscape plans, green space plans
  • Environmental assessments in urban land use planning
  • Watercourse development, planning of renaturation
  • Nature experience and adventure areas
  • Municipal biodiversity concepts
  • Environmental construction supervision, monitoring concepts
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