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Models, concepts and procedures for the use and protection of the human environment are the focus of the Master's program of environmental planning and engineering ecology. The teaching of these skills should lead to a scientifically-competent and critical-consciously deal with questions of nature and environmental protection. Topic is for example the use and modification of abiotic and biotic resources such as soil, water, air, flora and fauna, the handling of waste or the reclamation of contaminated soils and waters. In addition, the protection and development of aesthetic qualities of nature, the discussion and development of guidelines, issues of landscape management and strategies for their implementation in different societies and cultures.

The strength of the program is, that these issues can be combined from a wide range of so-called core modules into an individual study plan. The following core modules are available:

  • Waste treatment and recycling
  • Wastewater treatment and disposal
  • Watershed Management
  • Renewable raw materials and renewable energies
  • Biologic indication and environmental monitoring
  • Management of wildlife and protected areas
  • Landscape ecology
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 
  • Ecosystem and resotroation
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Climate chance
  • Landscape management
  • Management of urbanization
  • Land use planning international
  • Environmental economics and laws
  • Geographic information systems

The job is characterized by the combination of scientific, engineering science and planning of scientific techniques and methods. The profession is found both in the public administration (federal, state and local level authorities and project offices) and in the private sector (consulting firms, engineering firms, industry, banking and insurance) and as a basis for further scientific training in research and teaching (colleges, universities, research institutes). In addition to a career in Germany there are also european and non-european countries, such as the activity in the framework of technical cooperation or development assistance.

Research areas

Soil and water conservation
Procedures for biological land reclamation and prevention of lateral mass transport by wind and water erosion will be developed. Particular attention is paid to the rehabilitation of contaminated sites and toxic dumps. This modes of action of pollutants in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are also taught as a method of their disposal in the application of technical and above all biological processes.

Sustainable management of resources
This includes tasks such as development of methods and tools of material flow management (life cycle assessment, environmental controlling, local environmental balance sheets), control of material flows in sensitive ecosystems and landscapes, waste water treatment, recycling biogenic waste, and sustainable water management in catchment areas. Tasks of flood control through the restructuring of landscapes of riverside-meadows and wetlands as well as the management of watersheds in the sense of improving their retention capacity. And ultimately, the management of conservation areas. The area of work is varied and requires an integrated approach to a very special level.

Restoration and management
The restoration of disturbed or degraded ecosystems is the aim of developing environmental policy in all countries. Using biological and technical procedures to be reactivated or initiated such ecosystem processes that enable a socially desirable quality resources. The goal is for example the optimization of disturbed ecosystems for species and habitat protection, but also - in conjunction - rehabilitation of abiotic resources, such as restore the storage capacity of peatlands for carbon. To achieve a desirable quality of a landscape section within the social context, it requires not only scientific and engineering procedures. So here, sociological and political issues are to mediate and integrate into project work.

Environmental planning concepts and procedures
Environmental planning is spatial and societal planning. It includes both the protection of (biotic and abiotic) resources as the basis of human use and the protection of landscapes and species to your inherent worth sake. The environmental planning has the task of the distribution of various uses (such as agriculture, transport, recreation, nature conservation) in the room and the occurring conflicts in their view, the best possible solution to be supplied. This requires the integration of different theoretical and practical knowledge areas (landscape ecology, landscape aesthetics, cultural history and natural and environmental ethics, planungsmethodisches, sociological, economic and legal knowledge). The courses teach on the one hand deepening basic knowledge of individual disciplines and on the other hand the critical discussion of the question how the integration of various aspects in a particular planning case could be.