Benutzerspezifische Werkzeuge


Under the current process of global change, one of the key challenges for land use decisions is to sustainably use biomass to feed a growing world population, to substitute fossil fuels by renewable and storable energy, and to preserve ecosystems. In order to provide solutions to these challenges, it is key to understand the interconnected processes of global change and their impact on the scare resources land and water, as well as the trade-offs faced in the use of biomass. Research questions are:

  • What are suitable policy measures for shaping the transformation process to sustainable development taking international repercussions on global markets into account?
  • How does global change impact on land use and how are natural habitats, ecosystems, and their services affected?
  • How can the scarce resource water be used in a sustainable way?



Current Projects



BioNex – The future of the biomass nexus

Project partner: Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität Munich

Duration: April 2017 until March 2020

Funded by: German Federal Ministry for Education and Research


MOD_GW – Modelling and evaluation of political processes to implement sustainable economic systems in industrial and developing countries

Project partner: Institute for Agricultural Economics at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

Duration: January 2017 until December 2019

Funded by: German Federal Ministry for Education and Research


Hollich – Economic benefit of intelligent energy systems with bioenergy

Within the last decades, the region of Steinfurt has developed an integrated supply system for power and heat from renewable energies, called “energielandschaft Hollich”. So far, the performance of the “energielandschaft Hollich” has not yet been object of an economic assessment. Thus, this project strives for evaluating the possible contribution of the system´s integrated production and marketing of renewable energies to a sustainable “Energiewende” in Germany.


05/2017 – 02/2018


German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture


Ingenieurbüro Buss, Ahaus


Dr. Lena-Katharina Bednarz


ETSPLUS – Options for consistent support measures of renewable energies

In cooperation with: Meo Carbon Solutions, Universität Göttingen

Duration: November 2017 until October 2018

Funded by: German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)


Land Use Change in Savannahs and Grasslands - Approaches by Policy Engagement, Land Use Planning and Best Management Practices

The three-year project of the WWF Germany, Paraguay and Colombia is funded by the International Climate Initiative. As a subcontractor, the IfW develops a concept for climate-smart-agriculture and carbon mapping for the project regions in the Pantanal in Paraguay and the Llanos Orientales in Colombia. In addition, the IfW analyses the effect of global trends on the demand for agricultural production from the project regions.   


09/2016 – 08/2019


International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety


WWF Germany, Colombia and Paraguay, Thünen Institut, DLR


Dr. Mareike Söder


GLUES – Global Assessment of Land Use dynamics on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Ecosystem Services



Completed Projects

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