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Pimp Your Landscape - a Generic Approach for Integrating Regional Stakeholder Needs into Land Use Planning

Christine Fürst, Dresden University of Technology, Institute for Soil Science and Site Ecology
Hannes König, Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Katrin Pietzsch, PISOLUTION Pietzsch IT Service
Hans-Peter Ende, Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)
Franz Makeschin, Dresden University of Technology, Institute for Soil Science and Site Ecology


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This article introduces Pimp your landscape, a tool that was developed for evaluating the effects of changes in land use patterns. The main application field is to support interactions and communication among actors in spatial planning. With this tool, different land use pattern alternatives can be visualized in a short time, and their impact on land use services can be evaluated immediately. Also, spatial training and environmental education with regard to sustainable land use management can be supported. The tool was developed in an iterative process, in close cooperation and over intensive exchanges with end-users. A resulting feature is the provision of two different modi oriented on the professional background and skills of the users. The biggest advantage of Pimp your landscape is the simple entry and handling. However, the system also offers the possibility to go in-depth and work with complex rule sets. The presented paper introduces the development background and development process of Pimp your landscape and describes the tool’s resulting concept and actual usage. Finally, possible constraints of the use of the system and potential workarounds are discussed.

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Evaluation of land use pattern changes; generic approach; land use management support; rule setting options; spatial planning; user requirements analysis; visualization of land use pattern changes

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