Institute for Resource Management
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energy transition – participation – SPRINGER – energy cooperatives – (re)productivity – land manager – educational centers [11.10.2017]

New article on transdisciplinary research and participation


Using local resources in a sustainable way. How does it work? What does it need? How should successful learning partnerships between science and practice be designed?

In times of demographic and climate change and energy transition, using rural secondary resources such as landscape management material and forest residues can contribute to regional added value creation and promote the development of decentralized, post-fossil energy supply structures. However, in spite of indisputable benefits, the realization of value chains as a basis for sustainable regional self-sufficiency remains challenging. The implementation process is subject to various obstacles in different developmental phases. These include difficulties in mapping non-monetary benefits, activating local actors, and changing established action routines.

As part of the BMBF research project "RePro", the project team consisting of industry partners and researchers founded learning platforms in two pilot regions at the beginning of the project, involving mayors, building department leaders, businesses and other stakeholders. The aim was to collect ideas on how to recycle secondary raw materials and to find out which tools were needed to build value chains.

Özgür Yildiz, Susanne Schön und Helke Wendt-Schwarzburg‘s article "Ländliche Ressourcen nachhaltig nutzen. Wozu Landmanager, Bildungszentren und Energiegenossenschaften gebraucht werden" is part of the "Handbuch Energiewende und Partizipation" edited by Lars Holstenkamp and Jörg Radtke which has just been published. The article focuses on these aspects and shows how transdisciplinary research and participation can contribute to a successful local self-sufficiency.


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Project description

RePro - Ressourcen vom Land