Sustainable Land Use: Decrease the Environmental Footprint – Increase the Economic and Social Output
17-30 September, Lake Balaton - Valencia
Turn your research into practice with our two-week PhD summer school on Sustainable Land Use. The combination of four different problems of rural areas will serve as base challenges: water management, forestry, sustainable agriculture and the decline and ageing of the population. These will be introduced with both Hungarian and Spanish examples - showing the different realizations of the same problematic topic throughout Europe. Come and join our programme to pinpoint local and global solutions, to learn and apply different tools for system innovation, to engage with stakeholders, meet with experts and work in a multidisciplinary environment.
Climate change, the destruction of the oceans, the increasing global erosion, loosing biodiversity are only symptoms of a global problem: the unsustainable usage of the natural resources. One of its main elements is land use.
Choice of land use methods and types has a dramatic influence on the environmental footprint. The inadequate agricultural cultivation not only destroys the soil locally but also has negative effects on the running water and the ground-water. Forestry activities such as silviculture determines the forest capability to fulfil its function as natural habitat. These and many other land use related decisions define the capacity to cross the line and set the human society to a development track which could be sustainable.
On the other hand from sociological point of view these small communities are loosing their attractiveness, people are moving to cities. This phenomenon is generating larger and larger cities, which are more and more vulnerable to climate change, creating longer and longer value chains.
The purpose of this Catapult edition is to explore and test creative solutions for land use problems in Hungary and Spain. Through the example of a small community at the lake Balaton, we have identified four areas: water management, forestry, sustainable agriculture and the local community, both in the mid and long term. We will examine these four problematic areas on the local level in two different environment mirroring the Hungarian challenges in Valencia putting them on a more general European level.
Water – How to use it sustainably?
Lake Balaton and L´Albufera Lagoon are main assets of our examples: Örvényes and Valencia. How can they be used more effectively – other than a swimming pool; what can the water give to the local community, and what can the local community do to preserve them?
The Forest - Bunch of trees or habitat?
What is the role of forestry in the environment? How can we protect these functions and still have gains out of it? Through the examples of the Örvenyes primary oak forest from the early 18th century and the forest of the small Spanish town Serra we are looking for solutions to make forests sustainable and climate-friendly investments.
The Field – Dig deeper!
Which direction is local agriculture headed? How can we improve the fields and the life of the people working on them? A large area of grassland and weed that gives the heat and drought adaptive local fauna and flora in Örvényes; its south facing hills with grapes that have been cultivated for more than 500 years and the Simbiotic multidisciplinary project about sustainable agriculture at Llíria, Spain will give you the opportunity to ideate about a better land use and an improved sustainable use of natural resources.
The Society - Integration
The peri-urban territory of Valencia (‘huerta’) is an agricultural land with high productivity. Its complementary challenges are to raise awareness on agriculture use, to avoid its abandonment and to analyse the functionality of this peri-urban agricultural area. Örvényes has 138 mainly elderly residents, but during the summer months the population can reach over 1000. What problems do inhabitants of the ‘huerta’ and Örvényes face? What are their needs? How can we answer these needs through sustainable land use?
Week 1 – Örvényes, Lake Balaton, Hungary
Sunday 17th September
Arrival – Meet & Greet
Monday 18th September
Setting the scene: Introduction to the challenges, Site visit - guided tour around Örvényes by SLU experts
Tuesday 19th September
Meeting with local stakeholders, Spatial planning – best practices, Introduction to Visioning and backcasting
Wednesday 20th September
Ideation workshop with coaches, Stakeholder analyses
Thursday 21st September
Design Thinking workshop- Prototyping, Meet with experts
Friday 22nd September
Project Presentation to local stakeholders, experts
Trip to Valencia and free time
Week 2 – Valencia, Spain
Monday 25th September
Introduction to new location - local sustainable solutions , Finance & metrics on Land Use
Tuesday 26th September
Site visit to Serra
Wednesday 27th September
Group work on Business Model Canvas, Group work on Projects
Thursday 28th September
Pitch training, Group work on Projects
Friday 29th September
Presentation of the Projects to an expert jury, Farewell dinner
Saturday 30th September
Deadline for registration: 28th July, 2017
A skype interview will be held with all the applicants.