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This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF
www.circuse.eu
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CircUse News
4 | 2012

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Recent events
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RECENT EVENTS
Vienna (Austria)
CircUse data land
management tool installation
course
December 1-2, 2011
Workshop
A data tool for land use manage-
ment was developed in the
CircUse project. Within the frame
of a two day training and instal-
lation course all responsible
project partner got knowledge
regarding the installation, use
and implementation of the new
data land management tool.
Figure 1: Installation of data land management tool
Baernbach (Austria)
CircUse best practice
workshop and project
management group meeting
February 16-17, 2012
Data land management tool
The CircUse core output – the
transnational data land
management tool - was
readdressed. The upcoming
challenges and next steps (e.g.
language) of the new data
management tool in the pilot
areas were discussed.
Action plans
Action plans in the six CircUse
pilot regions were shown. All
presented action plans in the
regions were discussed by the
participants and proposals for
modifications were identified.
Land management agencies
Two different concepts of land
management agencies in the
pilot regions City of Piekary
(Poland) and the Region of
Voitsberg (Austria) were
presented. Both approaches to
the land management agencies
were discussed by participants –
pros and cons were identified.
Figure 2: Participants of the Baernbach meeting
Stuttgart (Germany)
Central Europe projects Urban
SMS conference “Soil in the
City”
February 8, 2012
CircUse at “Soil in the City”
The CE-funded project Urban
SMS focused on the implemen-
tation of soil management
strategies. The project results
were presented at the
conference “Soil in the City”.
CircUse was present at the
conference with two posters,
newsletters, flyers and other
project information. Participants
of the conference also had the
possibility to discuss CircUse
activities with representatives.
Figure 3: Discussion about CircUse at “Soil in the City” in
Stuttgart

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To spotlight
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TO SPOTLIGHT
CircUse Data Land Management Tool
Sheets of a CircUse data land
management tool
Figure 4: Starting screen of data land management tool
Figure 5: Field record sheet
Figure 6: Screen of Database – Fieldwork Data
Introduction
A CircUse data land management
tool is necessary to get resilient
information about urban
development potentials and to
work against the increase of land
consumption for settlements and
transport infrastructure.
Based on local data search and
collection in the CircUse project
the tool was developed and is
now available in all partner
languages (see figure 4). With
this tool it is possible to detect
development potentials so that
local and regional authorities get
available information about
existing urban development
potentials.
Targets
Based on the common para-
meters of the fieldwork record
sheet (see figure 5), the data-
base was developed as a “Land
use management data and
monitoring system”. It provides
a structured repository for all
collected fieldwork-data. The
main output is a flexible
interregional land management
tool for the classification of types
of area, data collections and
management of GIS.
The CircUse data land
management tool is an
information and planning system
for local authorities to co-
ordinate and reduce land
consumption in a sustainable and
climate friendly way.
Basics of the CircUse data
land management tool
The basis for the database is a
good and accurate handling with
fieldwork data. Therefore the
common “field record sheet” was
developed.
In this sheet, the principle
categorisation and types (Terms
of Reference – ToRs) defined at
the beginning of the project in
green fields with develop-
ment perspectives,
vacant and underused land,
gaps in built-up areas and
brownfields,
are integrated.
To make the data collection and
later work with the planning data
easier, the four types can be
subdivided according to their
former use into:
industrial,
military,
commercial and former
investments,
infrastructure and traffic,
housing,
cultural and social,
agricultural and
others.
Description of tool – field
record
In the beginning the field record
sheet can be used as an EXCEL
sheet or directly by using a
laptop to collect viewable data in
the field. The main focus is to get
information about building and
sealing degree, terrain profile
and a first impression about the
former or residual use.
Categorisation is based on
former use, which has been
defined by all project partners in
the so called ToRs (see above or
www.circuse.eu).
With the field
record it is possible
to assign defined sites and
areas the editor has
determined,
to record in-between of this
areas key aspects and
concrete determined sites
based on planning data.

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CircUse Data Land Management Tool (continued)
Figure 7: Screen Database – Protection and planning
Data
Figure 8: Presentation of data land management tool by
Mr. Scherer
Figure 9: Polish project partners install the data land
management tool
Figure 10: Czech project partners install the data land
management tool
In the record tool the editor
documents previously unknown
sites which are recognised during
the field work. To get an
impression, photos are also useful
and can be saved also in the
system.
Description of the tool – data
management
The database is based on MS
ACCESS 2007 in which the field
work data can be imported and
stored (see figure 6). Because of
this, the structure of the tool is
similar to the field record sheet.
In addition to photos, coordinates
and documents in relation to the
site can be stored.
After integrating and validating
the field data in the tool, other
additional data for protection and
planning (see figure 7) can be
added. A combination with digital
data is possible (e.g. land
utilization plan, protected areas,
contaminated sites database).
Municipalities and other
stakeholders can collect ne-
cessary information about urban
and inner city potentials by using
the tool.
The tool will be installed and
tested in all CircUse partner
regions. It can be downloaded for
free on the CircUse webpage.
The tool and the manual are some
of the core outputs of the CircUse
project. The manual helps with
installation and use while
explaining the methodology of
circular flow land use
management.
Outlook
The tool has been developed to
be as simple as possible, but with
all necessary information for
promotion and coordination of
the inner development potentials
of urbanized areas. Data
collection and data interaction is
possible, and there are easy to
use search functions (e.g. sites
can be found easily by
investors). The tool could
become part of a national or
European strategy to reduce land
consumption based on local
information.
Publications
1. Terms of Reference (ToRs)
2. CircUse Data Land
management tool
See downloads:
www.circuse.eu
Contact
René Otparlik, Bernd Siemer and
Nicole Schäfer
LfULG Sachsen (Germany)
Email:
Rene.Otparlik@smul.sachsen.de
Bernd.Siemer@smul.sachsen.de
Nicole.Schaefer@smul.sachsen.de

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CircUse Teaching Materials
Figure 11: Student engage in the course program in
Koeflach (Austria)
Figure 12: Team working together to complete tasks
Figure 13: Austrian students gather together after the
course session
Figure 14: CircUse brochures on teaching materials for
schools in six languages were produced
for Schools Available
Brochures in six languages
CircUse now has a school teaching
materials, organized in the form
of a brochure, available in six
different languages. School
materials can be used in the
learning environment to raise
awareness among tomorrow’s
land users. These were created so
that all EU-member states can
implement the session. The
brochure describe how to create a
two day course designed for
students aged 14 and up to
explore the issue of land use
management through a
combination of homework,
classroom discussions and
outdoor excursions.
Development and aims
The brochure is based upon two
training sessions held on the 28-
29
th
of April and the 17
th
of June
2012 in Koeflach (Austria). The
key aspects of personal land
consumption, mobility issues in
relation to land use, and sealed
surfaces are addressed in the
course. The setup is aimed at
making the pupils more aware of
the value of soil and unused land
while at the same time promoting
circular flow land use
management as a viable goal.
Structure of the course
The school course is split into four
phases, where in the first phase
students are asked to imagine
their dream house. Based upon
these visions the land use
required was calculated to show
the students the impact their
dream homes would have on the
land.
In the second phase of the
course the students compare the
houses typical for the time of
their parents and grandparents.
With this information the
students can compare them to
today’s standards. This is
completed through assigning the
students home work to gather
information from their families.
Thirdly, the issue of trans-
portation is dealt with by the
students. The daily routes the
students travel are to be mapped
and then the CO
2
emission
calculated based upon this
distance. This raises awareness
of greenhouse gas emissions that
occur from disperse land uses.
The course’s final section is
comprised as an excursion to
analyse the amount of sealed
surfaces. After the excursion the
students are asked what impact
this has on the environment.
In the two day session, students
are to be made aware as to the
importance of efficient land use
management.
Availability
The school brochures are
available in English, German,
Polish, Italian, Slovak and Czech.
The brochure can be found on
the CircUse webpage under
“project results”, please see:
www.circuse.eu
Contact
Barbara Birli and Gundula Prokop
Environmental Agency (Austria)
E-Mail:
barbara.birli@umweltbundesamt.at
gundula.prokop@umweltbundesam
t.at

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Upcoming events
CircUse in a nutshell
Funding
CENTRAL EUROPE Programme
Project No: 2CE174P4
Total budget: 2 422 305 Euro
Duration
3/2010–2/2013
www.circuse.eu
Impressum
Institute for Ecology of
Industrial Areas (IETU)
Kossutha 6 St.
40-844 Katowice/Poland
Dr. Anna Starzewska-Sikorska
Tel. (+4832) 2546031 ext. 275
Fax (+4832) 2541717
Pre-announcement CABERNET
CABERNET conference 2012
and the 3rd International
Conference on Managing
Urban Land in Ustron
(Poland)
October 2-4, 2012
The main conference theme is
“Innovative Solutions towards
Circular Land Use” and combines
aspects of urban land
management and degraded land
revitalisation. A session for
Circular Flow Land Use Manage-
ment (CircUse) will be held on
the first day.
Abstracts are to be submitted by
the 16
th
of April, 2012. Please
refer to the abstract
requirements on the CircUse
webpage
(www.circuse.eu).
Abstracts are to be sent by email
to
a.pilch@ietu.katowice.pl
VI CircUse meeting
Sixth CircUse meeting of the
project management group
and workshops in the Cities
of Asti and Turin (Italy)
June 20-22, 2012
International annual
Issues which are in the focus of
this meeting and workshop are
the further development of
CircUse compendium, the use of
the data management tool and
the action plans in the pilot
regions (Asti, Usti, Piekary,
Trnava, Baernbach and in Middle
Saxony).
ELSA annual meeting
11. International annual
meeting of the European
Land and Soil Alliance (ELSA)
in St. Pölten (Austria) and
Sáhorská Ves (Slovakia)
May 31– June 01, 2012
Name of the meeting is “Boden
zum Begreifen – Bodenschutz-
netzwerk im Donauraum“. For
more information please see the
ELSA webpage:
http://www.bodenbuendnis.org