Moderation within the framework of the large-scale nature conservation project Hamburg, your river nature

corsus was commissioned by the Hamburg Authority for the Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture (BUKEA) with event moderation and strategic process support for the large-scale nature conservation project “Hamburg, your river nature”. The urban project aims to create an overall concept to ecologically develop and enhance Hamburg’s flowing waters and at the same time enable the experience of nature and recreation along living water corridors. In particular, the biotope network is promoted, which means that the second large-scale urban nature conservation project in Hamburg follows on from its predecessor “Naturally Hamburg!” in terms of content, space and time. While the first large-scale urban nature conservation project in a major city in Germany was dedicated to the areas of protected areas, parks, green spaces and main roads, “Hamburg, your river nature” now promotes nature development on selected Hamburg watercourses. Increasing drought and extreme weather conditions, coupled with diverse demands on limited available space, are particularly noticeable in urban watercourses. The aim now is to make the watercourses fit to develop increased resilience to the effects of climate change.

This is the first project phase 2022 – 2024, during which preparatory planning and the preparation of an overall maintenance and development plan will take place. The NGP is being implemented under the leadership of the Elbe Habitat Foundation.

The task of corsus is to lead the actors involved with their respective interests into a constructive and goal-oriented dialogue. This includes a detailed stakeholder and situation analysis as well as the conception and workshop planning, which is carried out in close consultation with the project leader, the Elbe Habitat Foundation. In this comprehensive moderation process, the departments responsible for environment, landscape, open space and green space planning, as well as for climate and nature protection are involved, as are relevant associations (nature conservation) and clubs (e.g. water sports, anglers). Other stakeholders are boat rentals, restaurants and residents, as well as the participating districts and their building yards or the protection of historical monuments. In addition, the project team, the project-accompanying working group (PAG) and commissioned planning offices (urban and landscape planning) are involved with their respective goals. corsus designs, moderates and documents the event and dialogue formats and summarises the results in a final report at the end of the project.

Duration: 08/2022 – 12/2024

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