Table 1. Data sources used for the analysis of the perception of, and responses to, landscape change in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach.

Activity Participants Date
Project initiation meeting in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach: guideline-based group interview/discussion 8 (mayor, representatives of local land-use authorities, local people interested in and/or active in the issue)
08 July 2005
Public event in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach: presentation of land-use change data for the municipality (GIS-based analysis of a historical map and aerial photos covering three time slices) and discussion
Appr. 50 (interested local public, mayor, representatives of local land-use authorities) 03 August 2007
Semistructured telephone or personal interviews on causes of forest expansion 21 (owners of land in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach that, since the 1970s, has been taken over by forests, as identified by GIS analysis)
October 2006
Four 1-day workshops on different issues relating to forest expansion with a mixture of presentations and open as well as guideline-based group discussions (second workshop took place in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach) 7-12 (mayor of Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach and mayors of three other affected municipalities in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, representatives of state land-use authorities, and project staff)
28 September 2005
22 August 2006
20 July 2007
14 March 2008
Structured mailed survey on patterns and causes of forest expansion and ways to manage it 5 (representatives of local land-use authorities; 16 representatives of four other affected municipalities in Baden-Württemberg as a basis for comparison)
November 2007
Informal phone calls and letters to project staff, informal conversations during fieldwork etc., articles published in local newspapers (e.g., letters to the editor) Various (citizens of Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach) 2005 - 2008