A group of 14 master students from Al-Faraby Kazakh National University, Faculty of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography, Land use planning and cadastre visited Leipzig (in the faculty cooperation frame between the two universities) to attend actively at a summer school on urban ecology and management organized by PD Burghard C. Meyer and GeoWerkstatt Leipzig e.V. in Leipzig. The summer school was additionally supported by the lecturers Vera Schreiner and Ronny Schmidt. Here you can read more about our activities.
The second time this year GeoWerkstatt Leipzig e.V. organised a specialised summer school for Kazakh master students interested in the theory and practice of land use and in the planning of a balanced and sustainable urban use structure. The summer school was organized with a mixture of theory in the classrooms holding topics important in geography and environmental sciences, GIS work with the computer, mapping and practice examples and discussions in environmental planning, data management, simple predictive modelling of landscape functions, landscape planning, water systems analysis and management and nature conservation.
The summer school holds content on:
(a) theoretical basics on assessment and analysis of urban landscape ecosystem services/functions;
(b) applied examples of urban structure and functioning and its mapping,
(c) GIS and data in Urban Ecology,
(d) mapping selected ecosystem services based on land use and simple predictive modelling,
(e) nature conservation mitigation planning and urban forestry management in Leipzig,
(f) remediation planning of mining landscapes,
(g) water functions in urban, as well as water household and flood management problems in Leipzig.
August 2018 was dominated by the strong meteorological, problematic agricultural and ongoing hydrological drought in Europe. The participants learnt to investigate land uses based on biotope types and its mapping done on several excursion and practice units at Leipzig Harbour, Leipzig Lindenau, Rosenthal, Markkleeberg Mining lake region as well as in Leipzig City Centre. Units of practice rounded the learning in the classroom by theoretical and GIS classes as well as in the visit of landscape planning consultancy to demonstrate the practice in knowledge application.