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East German: Bund–Länder-Programme — urban conversion

Detailed description of the Good Practice

After German reunification in 1990, many regions in East Germany experienced a massive population
loss. This overlaps with the general aging process and population loss in Germany as a whole. The supply
of flats in such areas is much higher than the demand and has resulted in high vacancies especially in big
apartment building blocks. This situation has the potential to lead to deprived neighbourhoods.
The German government and the German Länder have initiated the Stadtumbau Ost (Urban Conversion
East) programme, which aims to improve the attractiveness of the East-German cities and towns. It aims
to support the renewal of the town centres, the reduction of the oversupply of flats, and the revaluation
of cities which are affected by shrinking processes. The demolition of 350 000 of the 1 million flats that
remained unoccupied until 2009 is planned in municipalities where there is an above average vacancy
rate and which have a revitalization concept. At the same time, the municipalities will take actions for
renewal, such as the revaluation of existing buildings and quarters with particular cultural and historical
value, the adaptation of the urban infrastructure, the reuse of areas of open land, and the improvement
of neighbourhood quality.
An amount of EUR 2.5 billion was available for the years 2002–2009. So far 342 municipalities took part
in the programme between 2002 and 2005.

urban planning

Objectives of the Good Practice

to improve the attractiveness of the East-German cities and towns

Participants of the Good Practice

The German government and the German Länder

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens of east Germany

Funding of the Good Practice

The German government and the German Länder

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

http://www.stadtumbau-ost.info/. http://www.aschersleben.de/index.asp?MenuID=27.

Available files

Data sources and references

EEA report #5/2009
Ensuring quality of life in Europe's cities and towns
Tackling the environmental challenges driven by European and global change