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Environmental Planning Research Group

View of the Val Mora, tributary valley adjoining the Val Müstair, Graubünden
Hikers descending from the mountains
Lopinga achine
View of the Val Plattas, Graubünden
Construction site in the alpine region

Our landscape is defined by the way it is used and changed, but conflicts of interest can arise between the different sectors of tourism and leisure, construction engineering, agriculture and nature and landscape conservation. Top-quality planning procedures are needed to identify practical solutions to these conflicts.

The Environmental Planning Research Group develops workable processes for landscape and ecological surveys and improvements, as well as delivering sustainable land use proposals and tools for the synthetic assessment of environmental interventions.

Research interests

  • Faunal biodiversity (grasshoppers, butterflies, ground beetles, hoverflies)
  • Climate change and invertebrate faunal succession
  • Developing needs-led and environmentally friendly leisure activities in natural settings
  • Environmentally friendly construction and regeneration projects


  • Nature and landscape conservation, fauna:
    Targeted species promotion though landscape maintenance and valorisation
  • Leisure and tourism:
    Recording and steering visitor traffic in different landscapes, visitor monitoring, visitor management
  • Construction engineering and environmental protection:
    Environment- and landscape-friendly design and implementation of construction projects and events, environmental monitoring of construction projects