Sustainable and resilient, regional and intermunicipal land management

Connective Cities virtual dialogue event in cooperation with the city of Trier


The three sustainability dimensions "ecologically sound", "economically successful" and "socially just" are always in focus in municipal urban development projects. This also applies to municipal land management. The integration of these three aspects and the resilience factor in land use planning and zoning strategies as well as in existing development under constantly changing conditions is one of the main tasks of municipal experts. Conflicts of objectives and interests often arise, which are not always easy to solve.

Nearly 30 municipal practitioners from 14 cities, 7 countries and three continents intensively exchanged their experiences on the topic of "sustainable and resilient, regional and intermunicipal land management" and developed joint approaches and project ideas. They had accepted the invitation of Connective Cities and the city of Trier to join the virtual dialogue event, which took place from November 18 to 20, 2020.

Starting with an exchange of experiences on good practices and projects in the cities, challenges in implementation were identified and finally two project ideas were developed for Amman (Jordan) and Rostock (Germany), which may lead to an improvement of the respective strategies and implementation plans in this thematic area.


Wolfram Leibe, Lord Mayor of the city of Trier, welcomed the participants and wished them a constructive exchange, as questions about the climate crisis as well as about social and economic sustainability would not stop at national borders.

Starting with twokeynotes on the challenges and potentials of land management held by Prof. Dr. Dirk Löhr and Cllr. Prof. Samer Bagaeen, the participants presented 12 practical project examples from their cities with the following main topics:

  1. land use plans and conflicts of interest: use of direct and participatory methods
  2. integration of the three sustainability dimensions and resilience in urban development plans and projects

A number of key solutions and challenges were identified, including that:

  • the transformation of spaces is important for good development and thus the need to (re)gain control over land;
  • evidence-based policies and good data are very important in the implementation of urban strategies at local level;
  • the use of GIS to improve the layout of the city can be very helpful in facilitating access to services, health care and mobility and in making policy development more accurate and efficient;
  • municipal long-term planning involving citizens, academia and the private sector is needed..

On day three the final step of the international workshop was to transform some of the challenges and solutions identified in the first two days of the exchange into project ideas and to support them with concrete action plans.

Agenda [in Englisch, pdf]


Urban and regional development: Resilience as new sustainability
Prof. Dr. Dirk Löhr
Center for Land Research, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
Trier University of Applied Sciences

Energising the Post COVID Recovery: Thinking about Land Use Planning in Cities
Cllr. Prof. Samer Bagaeen
Professor of Planning, Kent School of Architecture & Planning


he expertise of the participants was as diverse as the cities they represented. With 15 participants from Trier, Halle, Rostock, Ulm, Dortmund, Bonn and Cologne, the German cities were very well represented. The international guests came from Bangangte (Cameroon), Kisumu (Kenya), Amman (Jordan), Kent (Great Britain), Ramallah (Palestinian Territories), Sfax (Tunisia) and New Delhi (India).

The participants advised each other, e.g. on how to better manage the narrow parcelling out of districts in Amman, how to better promote low-cost housing in Rostock, or how to change the behavior of the population for more climate protection in land use planning in Kisumu.

On the last day of the exchange, two action plans were developed into concrete project ideas that have a serious potential to be implemented in practice:

  1. The exemplary preparation of a municipal development plan in area B (Tarek) for the greater Amman area, which should also serve as a model for other areas
  2. The management of public open spaces in the old city port of Rostock for the integration of people from all districts (also less less privileged), especially in the cold season

Connective Cities will continue to support the municipalities in the development of their project ideas through targeted follow up exchange formats such as expert missions.


Coming soon!

Categories: Connective Cities Good Urban Governance Urban management and administration Integrated urban development Public space Participation and urban planning Urban renewal
Regions: Africa Kenya Kisumu Tunesien Sfax Asia India Germany Bonn Cologne Rostock Trier Ulm Jordan Amman

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