INNO-ASIA - Interdisciplinary network for holistic environment system analysis, eco-system services, integrated modeling and sustainable resources management

INNO-ASIA establishes and stabilizes cooperation structures for the scientific network of Friedrich Schiller University Jena and cooperating German SMEs with internationally renowned research institutes from Nepal, India and China. Thematically, INNO-ASIA focuses on the analysis and modeling of impacts of land-use change and climate change on regenerative environmental resources and their sustainable management as ecosystem services in the context of an Integrated Land and Water Resources Management.

Group photo

Meeting of the network coordinator Prof. W.-A. Flügel (sitting) with INNO-ASIA partners from Nepal, India and China in 2011 © Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Scientific Background

Climate change impacts are complex and show different characteristics for each landscape system. Their investigation conceptually requires the development of a holistic system approach. Scientists, engineers, and social economists jointly develop innovative analysis methods and models, which help to analyze, model, and quantify relevant ecosystem services of regenerative landscape and water resources for sustainable creation of value. This includes, e.g., the regeneration of groundwater reserves, runoff and flood generation in the receiving stream, and socio-economic development of agriculture in the rural area of Southeast Asia.

Project and Objectives

The main objective of INNO-ASIA is an international research networking of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU) in the area of landscape system analysis and environmental modeling in the APRA region in Southeast Asia. By using the Integrated Land Management System (ILMS) developed by FSU the impacts of land use and climate change on Integrated Land and Water Resources Management are analyzed in projects, and consequently interdisciplinary, sustainable management strategies for relevant ecosystem services are developed.

As a basis for the implementation of the overall concept, ILMS was implemented in the first project stage (2010–2012) as a software platform for joint development and modeling at the INNO-ASIA partners.

In the second project stage (2013–2014) the cooperation structures established in the first stage shall be consolidated by three project components as follows:

  • Consolidation of ILMS applications in target countries
  • Introducing ILMS in existing R&D projects at the INNO-ASIA partners, and conceptualizing new joint research projects
  • Further development to larger research structures for multilateral research sponsors

Aspects of Research Structure

The INNO-ASIA research structure is an open research network which can be used by all interested research groups from Germany and the APRA, thus complementing the international ILMS User Group.

Funded in the context of the BMBF funding programme to establish joint research structures of German universities with partners in APRA. More information on APRA.