Summer school on “Application of land use and recreation assessment and planning in Leipzig“ organised by GeoWerkstatt Leipzig e.V. together with Institute of Geography at Leipzig University from 18th till 30th of August 2019 in Leipzig.

A group of 15 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 Prof. hon 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.

A Leipzig City Centre historical excursion have introduced e.g. in Urban Geomorphology, University, Music and Churches, Museums and as well in the tradition of Shopping and Trade Fair. The Group in Front of Geographical Institute of Leipzig University.

excursion to “Markkleeberger See” – the lignite mining remediation practice in the Leipzig region

The second time in 2019 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 with focus on recreation functions. 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. This school was focused on recreation perspectives in planning and assessment.

in the hostel “Sleepy Lion” the group found a suitable basis for the summer school time in Leipzig

visit of one of the oldest oak-trees in Leipzig floodplain forest endangered by vandalism as a problem of forest management

intensive mapping and visit in Leipzig Park areas to differentiate diverse recreational functions and recreative uses in Leipzig

Land use change mapping in the areas of Leipzig Plagwitz “Baumwollspinnerei” from Cotton to Culture.

The summer school holds content on:

(a) theoretical basics on recreation 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 2019 was still dominated by the 2018 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.

geological overview at Markkleeberger See – former lignit mining area

the “Geopfad” at Markkleeberger See explains geological and palaeontological history as well as land use changes because of lignite mining activities

all participants have passed successfully

It was a very successful SummerSchool activity.

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