Discover the cultural landscape of the municipality
KLEKs - what is it?
KLEKs is a project with the goal of recording elements of our cultural landscape in a geographic database, which are particularly interesting from a cultural-historical or natural-historical point of view or which have a distinctive landscape. We collect information, texts and photos about buildings, strong trees, old traffic routes, historical sites and much more. All data is incorporated in an object-oriented manner and provided with the names of the authors. Existing data sets can be modified and supplemented. For example, it is possible for a local historian to draw a new landscape element on the digital map, for a museum employee to add a description of its history, and for a landscape planning office to add a photo taken during field surveys and an evaluation of the element according to planning criteria.
With "KLEKs - KulturLandschaftsElementeKataster", the first geo-information system in Germany was developed with which historical cultural landscape elements can be digitally recorded according to a holistic methodology. Since 1999, more than a quarter of a million data sets have been recorded. KLEKs is not an official database, but rather a component of a platform for citizen involvement in the preservation of livable, diverse natural and cultural landscapes - in other words, a means of increasing the democratization of nature conservation and landscape planning. KLEKs can be used by interested parties on site. The sense of existing official databases of nature and monument protection is not questioned at all. On the contrary, suitable information from KLEKs (e.g. on previously ignored landscape elements worthy of preservation) should also flow into the official databases.
Why are you doing this?
In addition to designated architectural, soil and natural monuments, there are many other landscape elements that have cultural-historical value or are important for the experience of landscapes. Such landscape elements have not yet been systematically recorded over a wide area according to a uniform scheme. Existing data collections only cover individual types of landscape elements or smaller areas, or are only kept internally by authorities and cannot be linked. Through KLEKs, we want to raise awareness of the values of our historically evolved cultural landscape and create a basis for citizens to actively engage in its preservation.