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Sustainable Development of Urban Regions – SURE

The BMBF funding priority »SURE« is application-oriented research. Project teams from science, civil society, business, politics and administration work together to develop practical solutions for more sustainable and resilient cities and regions in Southeast Asia and China.

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  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Energy and resource-efficient building
  • Integrated urban neighborhood development
  • Promotion of urban quality of life
  • Urban greening and urban climate
  • Environmentally friendly behaviour and sustainable lifestyles


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  • Energy efficient society
  • Sustainable utilisation concepts for historic wooden houses
  • Increase of indoor comfort
  • Improvement of air quality
  • Urban quality of life


Background Vietnam
  • Sustainable supply and waste infrastructure
  • Social and environmentally sustainable technologies
  • Conceptual and technical synergies
  • Resource-efficiency
  • Urban-regional cooperation
  • Sustainable urban-rural development
  • Implementation processes


Background Vietnam
  • Earth observation, mapping and analysis of nature and infrastructure
  • Modelling and scenario development of flood events
  • Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction
  • Strengthening climate resilience
  • »FRAME« information system for risk-informed planning
  • Adaptive and sustainable urban development


Background Vietnam
  • Strengthening climate resilience
  • Modelling of nature-based solutions and blue-green infrastructure
  • Participation, co-learning and co-creation
  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Heat adaptation and air quality improvement
  • Improving the urban quality of life


Background China
  • Strategic planning of »green infrastructure«
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Sustainable urban development
  • Climate protection and adaptation
  • Knowledge transfer into planning practice


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  • Integrated urban development and sustainable neighborhoods
  • Urban quality of life
  • Environmentally friendly behaviour and sustainable living
  • Strategic risk reduction of informal settlements
  • Improving socio-economic vulnerability
  • Participatory urban development
  • Transferability of resilient urban planning


Background Myanmar
  • Integrative, sustainable risk management
  • Concepts of multiple risk prevention
  • Culturally adapted risk prevention
  • Protection of personal documents
  • Securing of critical infrastructure
  • »Build back better« strategies


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  • Water-sensitive transformation of urban spaces
  • Sustainable water management
  • Efficient municipal services of general interest
  • Resilience to droughts and floods
  • Reliable drinking water and sanitation supply
  • Urban quality of life


Background China
  • Strategic planning and governance tools
  • Integrated territorial development
  • Strengthening urban-rural relations
  • Strengthening circular development
  • Urban-rural material flows, socio-spatial practices and migration
  • Urban-rural landscape typologies and ecosystem services


All hands on deck – integrated and sustainable Urban Planning Practices and Climate Action…


... was the title of the special session at the 59th ISOCARP Conference in Toronto at the beginning of October.…

BMBF Networking Workshop Sustainable Urban Regions and LIRLAP Research in Manila


Together with Prof. Dr Mathias Garschagen, Dr Barbara Demeterova, Liss Bethany and PhD student Lena Grobusch (all LMU Munich) as…

Our Events

Regional Conference in China

Under the SURE Framework, two Sino-German projects, URA & IMECOGIP and the SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research project, organize a regional conference titled "Towards Sustainable Urban Regions: Sino–German Approaches".

Synergy Workshop 11 »On Reflection«

SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research Project

In the workshop we will introduce you to our previously announced SURE Toolbox for Reflection. After a presentation of the Sensemaker by CHARMS, we will introduce you to the toolbox in detail and invite you to explore it, find your way through it and discuss its application.

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Implementing research for sustainability and resilience – that is the core task of the SURE funding priority. Within the framework of the funding priority, ten collaborative projects ...


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The SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research Project organizes synergy workshops and status seminars to enhance cross-project networking. The events stimulate…

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