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Working Group Landscape Planning

Landscape planning, as a forward-looking action to enhance, restore or create landscapes, is a dynamic field of research and application. As featured at many IALE conferences, practitioners and researchers from around the world are active in contributing to the further development of landscape planning theory and practices.

The objective of the Landscape Planning working group is to provide a forum for a continuous debate and exchange of landscape planning scientists and practitioners concerning emerging challenges, topical issues as well as the further development of landscape planning theory and methods. The members of the working group meet regularly, share experiences, and jointly advance landscape planning for the benefit of people and nature. To achieve its objective, the working group undertakes the following activities:

  • Regularly organizes symposia and workshops at IALE’s world or regional conferences,
  • Identifies topical challenges, trends and current developments of landscape planning,
  • Engages in joint publications, and
  • Explores options for further collaboration in joint research projects.

The landscape planning working group was founded at the 2015 IALE World Congress in Portland, USA. Since then, members have met in several thematic workshops and symposia, among others at the IALE European congress in Ghent, Belgium in 2017, at the Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in San Sebastian Donostia, Spain, in 2018, at the IALE Congress in Milan, Italy, and the Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference in Hannover, Germany, in 2019. Joint publications by our group appeared in the journals Ecosystem Services and Landscape Ecology.

In 2022, we plan to meet at the IALE European Landscape Ecology Congress in Warsaw, Poland, July 11-15, 2022. Interested colleagues are warmly invited to submit an abstract to the associated symposium entitled “Planning and policy approaches for future landscapes: learning from past experiences to develop novel pathways”. Abstracts can be submitted here, and the deadline is January 28, 2022. In addition, a social side event is planned for our working group to meet and discuss.

We use a dedicated project page on ResearchGate for regular updates and exchange. Please join this project page to become a member of our group and to receive regular updates and information.

We look forward to meeting you (again) soon – either virtually or in person!

For all enquiries, please contact the working group leads
Christian Albert (christian.albert(at),
Simona R. Gradinaru (simona.gradinaru(at) and
Blal Adem Esmail (Blal.AdemEsmail(at)




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