Area of action 1: Sustainable Wood Use in Semi-Natural Watercourses
Smaller watercourses are important landscape elements in urban and rural areas. They provide a range of ecosystem services, such as climate regulation, water and flood protection, recreation or biodiversity conservation. However, according to the EU Water Framework Directive, only 6.7% of surface waters are in good condition. OLGA is therefore researching how the ecological status of small watercourses can be improved by planting woody structures near the banks.
What are the ecosystem functions of agricultural trees and shrubs in watercourses, particularly in terms of water protection, climate protection and flood control?
What economic perspectives and marketing potentials arise here for farmers and landowners and how can agricultural woods become better known as an energy resource and increase the share of renewable energies in the energy mix in the long term?
Area of action 2: Nature Conservation and Regional Economic Relations in Agriculture
OLGA thinks nature conservation, nutrition and regional added value together and tries to network initiatives and people who support the production, processing, marketing and consumption of regionally sustainable food in the Dresden region and to establish a common regional added value and corresponding structures. Through various event formats, the expert public but also the general population is involved in the process of becoming aware of their own region and its potentials and resources.
Where can regional value-added cycles be created or optimised, actors along the value chain connected and, in general, cooperation structures for the production, processing, marketing and consumption of regional products created or supported?
What regional financing models are needed to ensure that regional cooperation structures remain viable in the long term?
How can public awareness of regional products and sustainable food be sustainably raised?
Area of action 3: Participation and Citizen Science
OLGA promotes the application of participatory elements in the discussion and design of sustainable alternative uses of water bodies and agricultural land and in decision-making in local and regional planning processes. The testing and evaluation of Citizen Science projects for the participation of the public in processes and decisions for a sustainable land use and regional sustainable nutrition in the Dresden region are the focus of this area of action. How can citizens be motivated and qualified to participate? Appropriate qualification offers are designed, Citizen Science processes are evaluated and researched, especially with regard to the attitude and motivation of citizens to participate.
Area of action 4: Regional Integration and Project Management
OLGA is looking for new urban-rural partnerships of municipalities, districts, associations, companies and encourages the population to participate in regional development processes on the topics of land use, regionally sustainable nutrition, regenerative energy production and in the design of their immediate living space in town and country. In close cooperation with all relevant actors, a concept with recommendations for action and possible requirements for a regional authority will be developed, which will take care of the development, moderation and stabilisation of urban-rural cooperation in the Dresden region.