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Rural Urban Nexus – Globale Landnutzung und Urbanisierung


Rural Urban Nexus – Globale Landnutzung und Urbanisierung

Integrierte Ansätze für eine nachhaltige Stadt-Land-Entwicklung


Wunder, Stephanie et. al. (2019): Rural Urban Nexus – Globale Landnutzung und Urbanisierung: Integrierte Ansätze für eine nachhaltige Stadt-Land-Entwicklung. Dessau-Roßlau: Umweltbundesamt.

The report "Integrated approaches for sustainable urban-rural development" published by the German Federal Environment Agency at the end of 2019 summarizes the results of the three-year research project "Rural Urban Nexus – Global Land Use and Urbanization" (RUN). The findings of the project, that was led by Ecologic Institute, show that there is already a wide range of strategic approaches, instruments and institutional forms for better collaboration between cities and their surrounding areas. Rather than establishing new instruments, administrations and policy makers should make greater use of existing possibilities – especially informal instruments of regional planning – and to integrate sustainable urban and peri-urban development into existing policies. In particular, the development of regional food strategies can be an important entry point and catalyst for achieving sustainable urban rural development.

The project was carried out in cooperation with ICLEI, Öko-Institut and TU-Berlin. Beyond the project summary report, a number of in depth reports were produced that covered the following topics:

All reports are in German but contain an English summary.

A summary of the project results with regard to the role of regional food strategies can also be found in the article "Seven at a Stroke – Regional Food Strategies as the Key to More Sustainable Urban-Rural Cooperation" published in January 2020 by Stephanie Wunder and Franziska Wolff in the Critical Agricultural Report.

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Stephanie Wunder
Franziska Wolff (Öko-Institut)
Stefan Kuhn, Annika Burger (ICLEI Freiburg)
Undine Giseke, Christoph Kasper (TU Berlin)
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61 pp.
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urban, cities, rural, food systems, SDGs, sustainable land use, land take, agriculture, indicators, Rural Urban Nexus, integrated approaches, energy and resource flows, city-region food-systems, regional value chains, ecosystem services