Here you can find the current projects of the Research Unit Land Policy and Land Management.


Project List

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The research area Land Policy and Land Management realizes a cultural project for Bad Ischl Salzkammergut European Capital of Culture 2024. The project region Salzkammergut is predominantly rural-touristic and is over the last years increasingly confronted with urban sprawl tendencies and serious land use, especially by tourist accommodation projects, commercial areas and low-density settlement expansions. This leads to a strong overdevelopment of settlements with a high architectural value and to a progressive impairment of the landscape. In particular, regions that are experiencing a financialization of the real estate market are challenged to pursue spatial development in a resource-conserving - and thus above all land-saving - manner through municipal and regional efforts. Accordingly, there is a close connection for the region with the discussions currently being held at the national level on soil protection and land-saving spatial development.

The project is based on an analysis of qualitative and partly quantitative data on land use in the project region. Specific drivers and regional challenges will be identified and starting points for coping with them will be shown. In this way, the project should also contribute to raising awareness among local decision-makers with regard to substantial reductions in land use.

Within the framework of a stakeholder workshop on soil protection with local and regional decision-makers, partial aspects such as forced internal development, resource-saving external development as well as communication strategies on the topic will be discussed.

The results will be edited in a publication in order to show options and priorities for action for the Salzkammergut.

Contact person: Arthur Schindelegger

Start: 01/12/2021, ongoing

Start: 01/11/2020, ongoing

A key challenge in climate change adaptation for cities and municipalities arises from the lack of options to manage green and blue infrastructure effectively with existing planning tools. During practical implementation, numerous issues arise that affect all municipalities regardless of their size. This starts with the integration of green and climate-resilient development goals into planning laws and thus also into planning instruments (especially zoning and development plans). Also, this directly gives rise to legal questions as to the possibilities and limits of planning instruments and procedures, differences in implementation with regard to the existing building stock and new builds, and the fundamental question of how implementation can be examined with regard to its impact on the climate.

All spatially effective (policy) decisions are climate-relevant, but the legal planning system is not yet climate-sensitive. In Austria, there is neither a well-prepared investigation of possible approaches and starting points for adapting to the consequences of climate change in and with landscape, urban and spatial planning, nor a climate-related assessment of the strategies and instruments themselves.

A central aspect of the research project is therefore the question of a “climate-proofing mechanism” in the Austrian spatial planning context. To date there has been no comprehensive discussion of climate change adaptation via planning instruments and procedures. The research project aims to stimulate debate and provide a basis for the policy (and planning) implementation processes.

This project is supported by the Climate and Energy Fund and conducted as part of the ACRP – 12th Call, opens an external URL in a new window programme. 

The Research Unit Land Policy and Land Management is working on the research project with the Institute of Landscape Planning (ILAP), opens an external URL in a new window at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

Contact: Arthur Schindelegger 

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Logos "Climte proofed - Climate Proffing (Urban) Planning Instruments" and Klimaenergiefonds

Start: 04/2015, ongoing

Prof. Arthur Kanonier has managed the Law Collection (Rechtssammlung) of the Austrian Conference on Spatial Planning (ÖROK) along with members of the Research Unit for many years. This is updated on the ÖROK website (, opens an external URL in a new window) every six months (April and September). In view of the very diverse nature of spatial planning law, the ÖROK Law Collection on spatial planning aims to provide an overview of the currently applicable versions and make it easier to navigate the various legal standards relevant to spatial planning. The complex allocation of powers and the nine different legal frameworks mean that the legal principles are diverse and not clear from the outset. 
A short summary gives an overview of the most important changes and innovations in spatial planning law over the past six months, as well as an overview of recent case law of the highest courts (Austrian Constitutional Court, Supreme Administrative Court).

The Law Chronicle (Rechtschronik) is available online at:, opens an external URL in a new window



Under the title “Public Value Capture of Increasing Property Values”, a COST Action is currently under way that deals with questions of value capture and the challenge of taxing zoning gains. Arthur Schindelegger brings his expertise to the project on behalf of the Research Unit Land Policy and Land Management.

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Under the title “Natural Flood Retention on Private Land”, Prof. Arthur Kanonier and Arthur Schindelegger regularly contribute to the scientific dialogue on topics related to climate change and associated flood events.

Climate change increases the frequency and intensity of future flood events, leading to higher costs of flood damage and increased public demand for protection measures. Traditional flood protection measures, relying mainly on grey infrastructure (dykes, dams, etc.), are not sufficient on their own to cope with dynamic flood risk.

The challenge is to ensure multifunctional land uses that allow temporary flood protection and flood storage. The COST action LAND4FLOOD aims to address these different aspects and to establish a common knowledge base and channels of communication among scientists, authorities, land owners and other stakeholders in the field.

Participants: Arthur Kanonier, Arthur Schindelegger

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