NaMaRes - Resource management in urban districts in the context of sustainable urban development

  • contact:

    Dr.-Ing. Rebekka Volk

    Elias Naber

  • funding:

    BMBF - funding code: 033W111A

  • partner:

    Umweltamt der Stadt Karlsruhe

    Stadtplanungsamt der Stadt Karlsruhe

    Smart Geomatics Informationssysteme GmbH

    Netzwerk für Planung und Kommunikation Sippel.Buff

    KIT - Fachgebiet Immobilienwirtschaft (FIWI)

    KIT - Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften (AGW)

    KIT - Kompetenzzentrum für Materialfeuchte (CMM)

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The NaMaRes research project will be continued in a second funding phase as NaMaRes 2.0.


„Weltweit gibt es mehr als 500.000 Kommunen. Sie bedecken zwar nur zwei Prozent der Erdoberfläche, verbrauchen aber mehr als 80 Prozent aller Ressourcen. Kommunen sind das einzige globale Netzwerk, das sich die Menschen geschaffen haben und ohne das nachhaltige Entwicklung unerreichbar bleibt."

["Worldwide, there are more than 500,000 municipalities. They only cover 2% of the earth but demand more than 80% of all resources. Without this only global network created by humans sustainable development is out of reach".]


Worldwatch Institute (Hrsg.) (2007): Zur Lage der Welt 2007. Der Planet der Städte. Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot. 1. Auflage, Münster 2007, ISBN 978-3-89691-653-2



This project is intended to provide a basis for supporting sustainable urban development as well as process-accompanying sustainability assessment and testing at district level. The aim of the project is on the one hand,  an integrated tool for the physical description and evaluation of the district with regard to the existing resources (in the field of water, land and material flows in buildings, supply and disposal systems, settlement, transport, green areas, ecosystem services) and for the management of neighborhood development, which can be used to optimize and increase the potential for sustainable development of the neighborhood and to improve the well-being of its inhabitants. In it, existing resource stocks and flows (water, material flows) and land use should be able to be accounted for, as well as measures or packages of measures to improve resource efficiency in specific framework conditions of neighborhoods and stakeholder constellations.


On the other hand, stakeholders are analysed with their action motives and possibilities, already existing or potential future goal conflicts of the stakeholders are identified, and resource-efficient solutions simulated and tested. In addition, the aim is to contribute to the discussion of scientific methods in this area and to improve the acceptance of the goals and content of sustainable urban development among municipal, private, commercial and semi-public stakeholders and decision makers.


Desired project result is a web-enabled tool for municipal decision-makers (eg district managers) in the city planning office and citizens who want to evaluate and view or contribute to the status and development of the resource efficiency of their district. The tool should enable future-oriented district management in the sense of a live monitoring or dashboard and be coupled with sensors and continuously collected data, in the sense of a smart city platform. A guideline is also intended to support municipal decision-makers in the transformation towards sustainable, resource-efficient neighborhoods.


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