Subproject 6


Multifunctional rural areas in Bavaria in the context of climate change: Perception and evaluation of social-ecological transformations and acceptance of sustainable land use options

The rural areas of Bavaria fulfil a variety of functions: They are main production areas for food and animal feed, wood and energy, they have important ecological functions, and make a significant contribution to environment, nature and landscape protection; furthermore, for a large part of the population they constitute spaces for living, economic activities and recreation. Environmental changes, developments of energy and climate policy as well as social and demographic changes pose complex challenges for the rural areas in Bavaria.


What changes will rural areas experience in the future? How will climate change affect multifunctionality? What social demands will be placed on rural areas in Bavaria in the future? Within subproject 6 these questions are addressed by means of a transdisciplinary research approach. Various actors from politics, environment, economy and civil society will be involved to grasp different perspectives on the development of rural areas and to show to what extent climatic changes already play a role in the actors’ practices or in how far these evolutions are anticipated by the actors.


Within the BLIZ project, social-ecological transformation processes in rural areas of Bavaria will be identified, documented and evaluated from different actors’ perspectives. Drawing on the models and scenarios, future options for action and implementation will be derived and discussed. (Photo: Pohle)

Principal investigators: 

Prof. Dr. Perdita Pohle

Institute of Geography

Chair for Geography

Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Wetterkreuz 15

91054 Erlangen

Tel: +49 9131 85 22639