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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.

What is SURE about?

Synergy Workshop 9: Applied Urban Climate with Lutz Katzschner!

The SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research team invites all the SURE members to the next Synergy Workshop on “Applied Urban Climate” taking place on 30 March 2023 between 9:30 – 12:00 h (CET).

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Discover our research projects in Southeast Asia and China


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  • Sustainable urban transformation
  • Energy and resource-efficient building
  • Integrated urban neighbourhood 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


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  • 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


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  • 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


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  • 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


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  • 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 neighbourhoods
  • 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


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  • 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


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  • 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
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A delegation of German Members of Parliament and the German Embassy visited the CHARMS pilot district of Wat Lam Chang

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On February 18, 2023, the School of Public Policy (SPP), Chiang Mai University was honored to welcome members of the…

Knowledge Exchange on IoT in Urban Development and Smart City Standards

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On March 10th, 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand, a Knowledge Exchange was held to discuss IoT in Urban Development and Smart…

Our Events


International Conference
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The International Building Exhibition (IBA) Thuringia and the Sino-German research project Urban Rural Assembly (URA) will jointly host the international conference „StadtLand – from Thuringia to a planetary perspective“

SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research Project: »Applied Urban Climate«

The SURE Facilitation and Synthesis Research team invites all the SURE members to the next Synergy Workshop on “Applied Urban Climate” taking place on 30 March 2023 between 9:30 – 12:00 h (CET).

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The SURE projects contribute to a sustainable water supply for all through water-sensitive urban planning & water resource management. Let’s help to implement the #cleanwaterandsanitation #SDG6!

As part of the @sure_regions Facilitation and Synthesis Research team, @schwartze_frank , Kai Michael Dietrich & our colleague Agota Barabas met @PolyUrbanWaters project partners to gain a deeper understanding of their work in the three countries #Laos, #Indonesia and #Cambodia.

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

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