Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Resource Economics


Approaches for a Sustainable Agricultural Production in North-eastern Germany (GRANO); Project group 1: Decentral evaluation and coordination mechanisms

Start: 03/1998
End: 02/2002

GRANO was a joint research and development project of by several universities and research institutes in Berlin and Brandenburg. The project aimed at exploring the premises for a sustainable development of agricultural landscapes in specific regions in Brandenburg. Here, opportunities and obstacles for implementing ecological knowledge in practical activities have been explored. For this purpose, (1) applicable solutions have been developed, integrating existing (local) knowledge and interests of all relevant groups (actors). These solutions (2) were to be tested with a time lag in two model regions and (3) attempts were made to implement them sustainably. Finally, (4) transferable methods to support and to accelerate the learning processes have been developed. The GRANO approach based on the perception that implementation oriented and regionally adapted concepts for a sustainable use of agricultural landscapes would have to be developed and implemented consensually - via a participatory process - with agricultural firms, environmental protectionists, interest groups and administrations. The focus of the project group 1 “Decentral evaluation and coordination mechanisms” was on implementing the different activities of agri-environmental coordination on the most appropriate federal level using the most suitable coordination mechanisms for solving the respective problems. Here, local actors were to be provided with the necessary means to design and carry out these activities. In both model regions, Prenzlau-West and Schraden, so-called Agri-Environmental Forums were implemented as well as attempts made to establish environmental cooperations and to test auctions as alternative instruments to compensate for environmental measures.

Researcher: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn, Andreas Schulze, Dr. Ursula Peters, Dr. Jörg Eggers, Dr. Katja Arzt, Carsten Berg, Dr. Christian Schleyer

Project Partners:

  • Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany;
  • University of Potsdam, Germany;
  • University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde, Germany;
  • Leibniz-Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) Erkner, Germany;
  • Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB), Germany;

Lead Overall project: Prof. Dr. Klaus Müller, Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany;

Lead HU-Subproject: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Hagedorn (leading project group 1 together with Prof. Dr. Rolf Schmidt, University of Applied Sciences, Eberswalde, Germany)

Funding: German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

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