Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Dresden, Germany

Department Landscape Change and Management

Dr. Peter Wirth


The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden is an establishment of the German Leibniz Association for research in the spatial sciences focussing on ecological aspects of sustainable development. It was founded on 1 January 1992, is jointly funded by the federal and Saxony governments and is a research establishment with a staff of over 100. In the Research Area 'Landscape Change and Management' there is investigated change in cities and regions with particular focus on open spaces and ecosystem services, as well as strategies and tools for influencing such a change.


Scientific team


Dr. Peter Wirth, (M) Senior researcher

Education: geographer, graduated in physical geography in Dresden

Expertise: landscape and regional development, cultural landscapes, landscape change, post-mining landscapes


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Wende, (M) Head of Research Area Landscape Change and Management; Professorship Urban Development at the Technische Universität Dresden

Education: doctorate in Engineering Landscape Planning (Ph.D.), TU Berlin


Expertise: landscape Planning, Environmental Impact Assessment, Urban Development Planning, Evaluation and Development of Spatial Planning Instruments


Dr. Ralf-Uwe Syrbe, (M) Senior researcher

Education: geographer, graduated in physical geography and doctorate in geo-ecology (PhD) in Potsdam

Expertise: landscape ecology, landscape change, transdisciplinary and culture landscape research

Participation in European/FP and other related projects

Interreg Central Europe. ReSource “Utilisation of post-mining potentials for sustainable re-development in Central European mining cities and regions.” (2009-2012);


German national funded project BiKliTour “Tourism regions as model regions to develop adjustment strategies to tourism, climate change, and biodiversity” (2011-2014);


INTERREG V A. BIDELIN “The value of ecosystem services, biodiversity and blue-green infrastructures in cities, exemplified by Dresden, Liberec and Děčín” (2014-2020);


Interreg Central Europe. MaGICLandscapes “Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes” (2017-2020)


Horizon 2020. TRANS-URBAN-EU-CHINA “Transition towards urban sustainability through socially integrative cities in the EU and in China” (2018-2021).

Main tasks and interest in this project

  • Contributions to WP1 - WP4 (dissemination) and management WP5

  • Hosting of one expert workshop

  • In charge for the case study in Germany

Case Study 4: Lusatia (Eastern Germany). This would examine the potential for cultural tourism in a post-mining landscape in a peripheral part of Germany which also includes castles and other attractions.