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SUNRAISE – SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCE USE IN ARCTIC AND HIGH MOUNTAINOUS AREAS

SUNRAISE IS AN ERASMUS + (CAPACITY BUILDING IN HIGHER EDUCATION) PROJECT THAT PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF ARCTIC AND HIGH MOUNTAIN ECOSYSTEMS IN BHUTAN, INDIA AND RUSSIA.

Project Leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste

Duration: 2017-2020

Funding: EU (Erasmus +)

 

SUNRAISE is a 36 months (2017-2020) Erasmus+ project that aims to promote sustainable management of Arctic and highmountainous ecosystems in Bhutan, India and Russia (partner countries – PCs) through enhanced tertiary education linked tolabour markets and wider stakeholder circles. This aim will be achieved through the following objectives:

1. To revise and upgrade selected BSc, MSc & PhD programs in PC higher education institutions to make them end-user- oriented& policy-relevant, and enhance opportunities for life long learning (LLL) education.

2. To develop SUNRAISE open education environment Platform (SUNRAISER) and online training services of the new generation(MOOC) for qualitative improvement of the education process and academic workflow support among universities andstakeholders across the PC and EU Member States.

3. To create sustainable feedback mechanisms to end-users, ensuring adaptive and practice-relevant teaching contents,knowledge co-production opportunities and stakeholder support to post-project course development and teaching.

4. To develop capacity for academic mobility, shared experimental facilities and joint research by PIs and beyond.

Achieving of these objectives will significantly enhance the quality of educational provision in partner countries, as the expertiseof the whole consortium will become available to individual and group learners (including the students from other programs and,in particular, the learners from remote regions). PhD students will access research facilities at other partner countries throughjoint research arrangements and benefit from new methods and richer data for their thesis. Likewise, revision of researchagendas PhD studies and integrating to them emerging problems and methods will build teaching capacity at PC HEIs andmotivate business and policy actors to engage in closer cooperation. The proposed vehicles for such engagement are national(Russia) and regional (India & Bhutan) SUNRAISE sector collaborative platforms to be set-up for the Arctic and HighMountainous Areas to create a “community of practice”.


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International Summer School “Monitoring and early warnings in mountain social-ecological systems”

The Summer School offers PhD/MSc students and junior researchers from universities around the world a chance to study best practices in the field of monitoring and early warnings in rapidly changing social-ecological systems of mountain regions. The school will be co-organised by SUNRAISE in July 15-29, 2018; introductory sessions will start at Siberian Federal University and Stolby Nature Reserve, theoretical and methodological training will take place on Manzherok Camp facilities in the Altai Mountains, and for the field research participants will travel to Lake Teletskoye and Katun Nature Reserve. The latest updates, including the full call for applications, detail description and the application form are available from SFU Summer Programs.  The general application deadline is April 10, 2018, however the participants affiliated to the organisations from SUNRAISE partnership have to apply by March 15, 2018 in order to benefit from the travel support  and other arrangements provided through SUNRAISE.

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Summer School in Salzburg in July 2019

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TOWARDS GREEN CITIES

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LEIBNIZ INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGICAL URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Project Leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste

Duration: 2015-2017

Funding: Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

The aim of the project is to capture and describe the current significance, values ​​and potentials of urban biodiversity andecosystem services – in the context of sustainable urban development during ongoing urbanization processes. In particular, thecurrent developments and different approaches in China and Germany will be examined. The strategic goal is a long-termrecognition of the potentials and a greater consideration of urban and peri-urban green spaces in urban planning anddevelopment.

A first product is the Policy Paper (see Publications, Grunewald et al. (2016)). The project products are based on theparticipation and follow-up of two German-Chinese workshops, a several-day study visit to China and the implementation of twoproject-accompanying working groups.

Prof. Breuste took part in this project in April 2016 with his own lectures at the project-accompanying working group meetingwith the workshop „Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services“ and the 9th German-Chinese Workshop on Biodiversity with afocus on Urban Ecosystem Services and methodology of Natural Capital Accounting in Nanjing and Xianju / China. This waspreceded by the Fifth Sino-German Environment Forum (19-20 April 2016) in Nanjing, China „The way forward to inclusive andsustainable growth – how to overcome the implementation challenge“.

The project will be published in 2017 with a book: Grunewald, K. et al. (Ed.) (2017): Towards Green Cities – Urban Biodiversityand Ecosystem Services in China and Germany. Springer Briefs in Environmental Science cooperated by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Breuste.

 


LOCAL RECREATION AND PERCEPTION OF NATURE IN THE SUBURBAN AREA: WHICH ROLE DOES „NATURE“ PLAY FOR THE INHABITANTS OF ISTANBUL?

A COOPERATION WITH YILDIZ UNIVERSITY ISTANBUL

Project Leader: Univ.Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste / Prof. Meryem Hayir

Duration: 2017-2019

Funding: EU (Erasmus) / TÜBITAK (The Science and Technological Research Council of Turkey)

The cooperation, which has already been initiated by several visits from the Yildiz University Istanbul, Department of Geography(Prof. Meryem Hayir), was further developed by a visit of Prof. Breuste in Istanbul and the realization of a course for students onthe topic „Urban Ecosystem Management“. It was agreed to expand cooperation on ecological urban development through aresearch project. For this purpose, a first topic „Urban recreation and perception of nature in the suburban area“ will be startedin a comparative fashion between the Region of Salzburg and Istanbul. The focus is on determining the demand for near-naturalrecreation in the city periphery, the supply and their perception. This should lead to a concept for the development of near-natural recreation, based on the potential of the regions, demand and environmental education. In addition, it was agreed toregularly exchange lectures and to prepare an excursion in the Istanbul area.


URBAN GREEN IN SHANGHAI, CHINA

SINCE 2007, THERE IS A CLOSE COOPERATION WITH THE PARTNER INSTITUTION EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY (ECNU) IN SHANGHAI WITH REGULAR VISITS OF MEMBERS OF THE RESEARCHGROUP IN SHANGHAI.

 Project Leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste

Duration: 2015-2017

Funding: Chinese-German Center for Science Promotion

Since 2009, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Breuste has a guestlectureship on the topic Urban Ecology at the School of Ecological andEnvironmental Sciences as well he is working on joint projects and research with the head of the school, Prof. Junxiang Li. Sincethen, five qualification projects have been completed successfully together with the University of Salzburg. In addition, regularsummer schools (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) were held at the ECNU in cooperation with the Researchgroup UrbanLandscape Ecology. Joint activities are particularly oriented towards research.


URBAN AGRICULTURE

ASEA UNINET PROJECTS WITH CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY, BANGKOK

Project Leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste

Duration: 2017

Funding: AseaUninet

Urban Gardening, a stabilizing factor for city dwellers in food production, recreation and social cohesion.

As part of the longtime cooperation with the Research Center Social Research Institute of Chulalongkorn University (CUSRI),Univ.-Prof. Dr. Breuste hold in December 2016 a lecture at the University of Chulalongkorn on Urban Gardening.

In 2015, the 6th International Workshop on „Ecological Aspects of Urban Development“, organized in cooperation with thearchitecture faculty of Kasetsart University Bangkok, local authorities, NGOs and PhDs, was organized with different examples ofthe agglomeration of the megacity Bangkok. The theme of the International Forum 2015, which was jointly organized with theResearch group Urban Landscape Ecology, was „Urban Green Space: Eco-socio- cultural views“. The event was held with thesupport of AseaUninet. From Salzburg side was Prof. Dr. Breuste involved with a lecture paper. Associate Professor SuwattanaThadanit, President of the Association of Thai Planners, Senior Advisor to CUSRI and member of the Faculty of Architecture ofKasetsart University Bangkok, brought in the perspective of thai urban planning, especially with the example of Bang Krachao inthe agglomeration of Bangkok. They emphasized the potential importance of urban agriculture and gardening for securing thelast available space.


GEOPARK ERZ OF THE ALPS

PROJECT „ERZ OF THE ALPS – COPPER LANDSCAPE PONGAU“ (2011)

The project „Erz of the Alps – copper landscape Pongau“ was the beginning of a partnership between GeoGlobe and the Research group Urban Landscape Ecology . The project serves the sustainablepromotion of summer tourism in the historic mining region around the communities Bischofshofen, Hüttau, St. Veit and Mühlbacham Hochkönig. The project was launched in October 2011, with a term of 3 years and a project volume of 3 million euros. Theaim of the various project stages is the achievement of Geopark certification by UNESCO. Since November 2015, the GeoparkErz of the Alps, call itself as part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The central visitor center of the UNESCO Geopark was built in2014/2015 in the ski jump area of Bischofshofen.

Completed master theses on the subject:

GRILLMAIR, MARTIN (2017): Development Trends of the Alpine Landscape in the Geopark Erz of the Alps.


NETWORKED SCIENCE: WHICH „NATURE“ IS VALUED IN URBAN PARKS?

A COMPARATIVE STUDY CONDUCTED IN SALZBURG, AUSTRIA AND SZEGED, HUNGARY

Project Leader: Dr. Peter Szilassi / Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste

Duration: 2016-2018

Promotion: Erasmus

Since 2016, together with the University of Szeged, Hungary and the University of Salzburg, an Erasmus project has beenrunning leaded of Peter Szilassi (University of Szeged) and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste (University of Salzburg). The focus ison the perception of a city park visitor about his / her preferences of a „beautiful“ park. Photographs which is taken byparticipants of the study in the respective cities in a selected city park are used to analyze which (natural) objects trigger whichsenses among the participants. This should be achieved, among other things, by answering a few questions about thephotograph taken.


URBAN SPRAWL VERSUS COMPACT CITY

AN INDICATOR-BASED APPROACH TO EVALUATE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

Project Leader: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breuste

Duration: 2015-2017

Funding: Knowledge Transfer Center (WTZ)

The focus of this WTZ (Knowledge Transfer Center) project is the assessment of biodiversity in city parks. The two cities ofPoznań, Poland and Salzburg, Austria are used as case studies for empirical surveys leaded by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Breusteand Ass.-Prof. Dr. Angela Hof of the University of Salzburg (AG Urban and Landscape Ecology).