Shaping the change

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Integrated solutions and a new planning culture for sustainable spatial development

Enormous ecological, social and economic challenges characterize our time: advancing climate change, massive loss of biodiversity, increasing scarcity of resources and the crossing of planetary boundaries. Only by changing the way we use land will the various sustainability goals be achievable. A new planning culture is needed that promotes a readiness for change through the constructive cooperation and co-design of the various sectors of society.

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In order to achieve its climate targets and reduce its dependence on energy imports, Germany is faced with the major task of having to fundamentally restructure its energy system in an unprecedentedly short period of time in favor of renewable energies. The coalition agreement and current amendments to the law, for example, envisage designating two percent of the state's land for onshore wind energy. This transformation will have a profound impact on people's lives and cause major changes in our landscapes and settlements as well as infrastructure.

As great as the challenges posed by this profound transformation are, the reorientation of existing planning instruments and culture must be equally comprehensive. This new approach must address ecological, economic and socio-cultural issues and interests in an integrative manner, must be strongly participatory, stakeholder-oriented and transdisciplinary, and must prioritize synergies to help mitigate land use competition.

The bdla has taken a position on the current task under the title "Shaping change - with integrated approaches and a new planning culture for sustainable spatial development!

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