I am a land use planner and, in 1985, I started to work in China. Since then, I have spent many years in Asia, mainly China, North Korea and Afghanistan. In addition to this, I have taken over many assignments in development projects all over Asia and Africa. At present, I work as the project laeder for forest landscape restoration in Afghanistan.
A sustainable development can only be successful if community members and decision makers are enabled to create their own future. I support people to help themselves. I have developed and applied a range of tools and approaches that make this possible. Please check my experience if you want to know more.
Here is a publication that I recently facilitated in China:
Climate change, the destruction of forests, floods and water scarcity are global problems. Development cooperation plays an important role to bring all people together to work for a better future. I am especially interested in integrating participatory apporaches and GIS into land use planning. See one of my contributions in this topic.
In recent years, many countries in Asia have undergone a massive urbanization process. This has created both opportunities and challenges. Population pressure, rapid motorization and low energy effieciency in buildings contribute to the effects of climate change. Therefore, I now also work in low carbon city development. Please see a recent publication here:
Men and women should equally participate in development and contribute to a welfare of a society. However, in many parts of the world women are disadvanted and do not have equal rights. Therefore, they need our special support. In all the countries I have worked I have always included gender in my work. Now, I am especially familiar with gender approaches in Asia.