Caring for Soils - Where Our Roots Grow.

Case study 2: Sustainable spatial planning and ESS management: DE-AT case studies on integrating the ESS approach and soil functions

Spatial planning case studies in DE-Upper Bavaria and AT-Tyrol are dedicated to integrate the ESS approach and soil functions assessment into the spatial planning sector of municipalities. Planning scenarios for a sustainable land use management (avoiding land take) and soil functions assessments are developed by adapting the ESS approach. Results are transferred into regional/local management plans, disseminated in WP4,5 and incl. results from WP2,3.


Pilot regions

Upper Bavaria



The Climate Alliance, the university of Innsbruck and the Office of the Tyrolean government work closely together to implement sustainable soil management in the spatial planning and nature protection practices of municipalities.

The project partners follow a process-oriented approach where the awareness and knowledge on soil of local public authorities and the local population is deepened. The tools of this case study are public events with talks, excursions to local soils, integration of schools and consulting offers on soil functions. The aim of the pilot case study is to identify needs, potentials and wishes of municipalities in terms of settlement development which will be linked to sustainable practices of soil management.

Three municipalities will act as pilot areas of the case study: Volders, Wildermieming and Prägraten at the Großvenediger. At the end of the project a modular set of tools that are deduced from the case study experiences will be presented. The tools are ready to use for local public authorities and support them in the argumentation and integration of the local population for spatial planning related decision-making processes.