The aim of the project is to develop and implement of an urban-rural partnership based on a cooperative land use strategy.

This valuable urban-rural partnership pursues the market-oriented development of land in a manner that satisfies multiple land use concepts and creates value for the region. In order to accomplish this, it is necessary not only to actively link existing markets where the value may be realized with each other, but also to analyse where public goods are not in demand in any real market in order to identify new market creation potential.

Establishing a “new marketplace” in Leipzig by cooperating with municipalities, companies, agriculture, crafts and food retailers, and creating new and strengthening  existing sales channels is intended to stimulate demand for regional products and ecosystem services.

For example, the City of Leipzig can only achieve its climate targets in collaboration with the surrounding area, which creates added value for both the city and the countryside. Utilizing ecological land management in line with drinking water protection requirements and quality targets for leachate and humus build-up on the fields reduces the costs of drinking water treatment for the City of Leipzig and at the same time makes substantial contributions to regional climate protection services.

In this way, the combination of markets and societal goals can lead to a coupling of investment funds and thus generate added regional value. The basis is the thinking together of functional relationships across administrative borders to develop more value in the urban-rural partnership – the city needs the countryside!

Starting position functional, but often not linked relationships in the city of Leipzig.
Starting position functional, but often not linked relationships in the city of Leipzig.
Markets are organized from a usage strategy and given to regional management through sustainable land management.
Markets are organized from a usage strategy and given to regional management through sustainable land management.

Fields of work

The project WERTvoll is developing practical solutions for:


Healthy and regional food for the metropolis of Leipzig.


Improved quality of ground and drinking water for the metropolis of Leipzig.


Climate protection through optimised resource management and combined material flows.


Reduction of rededication through production-integrated compensation.

  • Inter-municipal organisational structures that efficiently link the city and its surroundings.
  • Regional climate protection that efficiently links city and countryside.
  • Implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (for Saxony) both for
    1. the improvement of raw water quality (groundwater/drinking water), as well as
    2. water body renaturation and flood prevention.
  • Healthy and regional food for Leipzig and the surrounding area.
  • Protection of agricultural land through production-integrated compensation.
  • More biodiversity and a functional biotope network.
  • Development of educational modules for schools and kindergartens.
  • Increasing regional (added) value and associated jobs in the region.

City of Leipzig

The city of Leipzig is a central component of the metropolitan region of Central Germany.

Leipzig is currently the fastest-growing city in Germany with 2% annual growth. The significant population growth, which goes hand in hand with corresponding economic growth, is fundamentally changing the framework conditions in many areas.

As a result of expansion, Leipzig is no longer in a position to place all the necessary compensatory measures from construction activity in its own area. It must access the surrounding area in order to meet its obligations there; at the same time it needs drinking water, food and climate protection services from this surrounding area.

Leipzig must therefore go beyond its administrative and political responsibilities and build partnerships with the surrounding municipalities and rural areas.

Wurzener Land

The Wurzener Land consists of the municipalities Thallwitz, Lossatal and Bennewitz as well as the city of Wurzen. Due to the population growth of the city of Leipzig, the influx into the surrounding municipalities, which are directly connected to Leipzig by S-Bahn and regional train, is also increasing.

In the future, the provision of services for the population will no longer be the responsibility of individual municipalities alone. Therefore it is crucial for them to coordinate their supply strategies and divide their work. They therefore intend to develop a comprehensive urban-rural partnership as well as individual integrated urban/community development concepts.

The cooperation of the municipalities Thallwitz, Lossatal, Bennewitz and the city of Wurzen within the framework of the intercommunal community in “Wurzener Land” is an efficient way to implement many important projects which one municipality alone could not achieve.

Förderkennzeichen: 033L210A

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