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Round table talk with State Secretary Dr. Christiane Rohleder on October 20, 2022 in Berlin.

As part of the bdla event "Update 2022 - Landscape and Environmental Development" on October 20 and 21, 2022 at the German Center for Architecture in Berlin, an evening expert discussion took place with Dr. Christiane Rohleder, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). The concentrated exchange between bdla President Prof. Stephan Lenzen and Dr. Christiane Rohleder, moderated by Prof. Catrin Schmidt, TU Dresden, and Uwe Herrmann, Bendfeldt Herrmann Franke Landschaftsarchitekten, Kiel, dealt with the transformation pressure on the landscape. The State Secretary provided information on the future tasks of the newly created Transformation Department in the office of Federal Environment Minister Dr. Steffi Lemke.

At the round table discussion: Prof. Catrin Schmidt, Prof. Stephan Lenzen, Dr. Christiane Rohleder and Uwe Herrmann (from left to right). © Thomas Haas

One point of discussion was the concrete design of the Action Program Natural Climate Protection (ANK) of the BMUV. In this context, the bdla is actively participating in the consultation process and issued a decided statement on this at the end of October(see press release "Natural Climate Protection Needs Innovative Concepts").

Against this background, Prof. Stephan Lenzen emphasized that there is great potential for climate protection not only in the area of new construction, but also in the preservation of existing buildings, i.e. a well thought-out culture of conversion. In addition, she said, it is important to pay attention not only to the financial resources provided by the Natural Climate Protection Action Program - currently four billion euros - but also to the removal of planning obstacles and sufficient, qualified personnel in administration and planning offices.

Dr. Christiane Rohleder particularly emphasized the need for holistic planning that brings together and implements a number of the aforementioned challenges: "You (landscape architects) have the holistic view of design, nature and climate change that we need in politics". A linkage of diverse strands of action, such as sponge city, green in the city, fresh air corridors, multifunctional user demands or cradle-to-cradle, must now also be increasingly concretized in the design of funding programs and projects.

Essentials on climate adaptation
The bdla president also officially handed over the "20 Essentials of the bdla on climate adaptation policy for urban landscapes", published shortly beforehand, to the State Secretary during the meeting; in this regard, Dr. Christiane Rohleder confirmed that the professional association was an important player in the successful implementation of political and social measures for climate adaptation and that the cooperation between the Federal Ministry for the Environment and bdla was gratifyingly close.

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