Christoph Dankers, graduate engineer

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Last Unit: Environmental Analysis and Planning

Focus of activity

Christoph Dankers currently works part-time on his PhD dissertation at the PLACES Lab at RUB. Supervised by Prof. Dr. Christian Albert he explores scenarios for the future development of wadi landscapes in Riyadh/Saudi Arabia and the potential effects of these scenarios on the provision of selected sets of ecosystem services. More specifically, the objectives of this research are: • to assess the significance of Riyadh’s wadi systems for the provision of ecosystems services • to identify and quantify key ecosystems services and their supply and demand ratio • to investigate the impacts of alternative land use/land cover options on the wadi’s capacities to provide selected ecosystems services Furthermore, Christoph is a partner at Bödeker Landscape Architects, where he mainly works on the design and implementation of wadi restoration strategies in Saudi Arabia.

Christoph Dankers

Curriculum vitae

Professional experience

  • Since  2018: PhD research student under Prof. Dr. Christian Albert 
  • Since  2010: Partner at Bödeker Landscape Architects, leading landscape planning and design projects mainly in the Middle East 
  • 2006 - 2010: Consultant with Bödeker Landscape Architect, technical landscape design and construction supervision in Riyadh, KSA
  • 2004 - 2006: Junior consultant with ‘Earthworks Landscape Architect’ in Cape Town, ZA


  • 2009 - 2010: M. Eng., Landscape Architecture (HS Raperswil, FH Weihenstephan, HfWU Nürtingen-Geislingen)
  • 1997 - 2003: Dipl. Ing. Environmental Engineering (University of Rostock)


Scenarios for the development of Riyadh’s wadi systems (PHD thesis):

  • Status: Ongoing
  • Conduct an expert survey and site investigations to: 
    • Identify key ecosystem services (ES) provided by wadi systems
    • Identify and locate land cover types providing these ES
  • Develop development and protection scenarios for Wadi Hanifah
  • Select preferred scenario and develop action plan

Al Hai’r Lakes District, Wadi Hanifah/Riyadh, KSA (with Bödeker Landscape Architects, client: Royal Commission for Riyadh City):

  • Status: Partly constructed, ongoing
  • Conduct site investigation 
  • Develop a conceptual and technical landscape design for the revitalization of 30 km2 area within Wadi Hanifah

Green Riyadh Initiative, Riyadh KSA (with Bödeker Landscape Architects, client: Royal Commission for Riyadh City):

  • Partly implemented, ongoing
  • Identify afforestation and revegetation potentials for Riyadh Region 
  • Prepare design and tender documentation for various revegetation activities

Thumamah Nature Park, Riyadh, KSA (with Bödeker Landscape Architects, client: Royal Commission for Riyadh City):

  • Status: Partly implemented, ongoing
  • Prepare masterplan and coordinate feasibility study
  • Develop environmental protection measures
  • Coordinate and carry out fauna survey

Wadi Aqeeq, Medina, KSA (with Bödeker Landscape Architects, client: Medina Development Authority:

  • Status: Constructed
  • Carry out site investigation
  • Prepare conceptual and technical landscape design