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Land use and land management in case of drought – How can urban and rural actors be prepared in the long run? Documentation of the Stakeholder Dialogue on Climate Adaptation

Which prevention and adaptation measures can help to mitigate the effects of future drought periods in urban spaces and rural areas? What kind of challenges arise due to differing interests of actors involved in land use and land management, and how can dialogue formats help to facilitate collaboration? On 17th June 2019, a total of 14 participants from civil society, administration, economy, as well as from relevant interest groups and science addressed these and other questions in a one-day stakeholder dialogue. The format of a simulation game was chosen to train negotiation processes. The IÖW was responsible for the preparation, implementation and documentation of the stakeholder dialogue on behalf of the Competence Centre on Climate Impacts and Adaptation at the Federal Environment Agency (KomPass). The dialogue is part of the participation process for the further development of the German Climate Adaptation Strategy (DAS).

The documentation of the stakeholder dialogue summarizes both the keynote speeches as well as the results of the simulation game and of a concluding reflection. The keynote speeches focused on the concept of climate resilience and adaptation, the political framework in Germany as well as on challenges and selected adaptation measures with regard to the topic of the stakeholder dialogue. In the first phase of the simulation game, the participants formed working groups and formulated shared objectives and concrete measures for an integrated management of urban green spaces and the land use in rural areas. In a second phase, the focus in the working groups was to find a common ground to negotiate solutions among the different actors – for example to combine construction activities with the preservation and improving of green spaces in the city, respectively to balance interests with regard to a sustainable agricultural practice in rural areas. Finally, the participants discussed the results of the simulation game and reflected on how to implement their gained experiences into their own everyday working life. As a basis for planning own simulation games, the annex of the documentation contains the game materials.

The documentation, including a preparatory document, the presentations as well as a selection of photos of the dialogue can be found at (German only):

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