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:
- Framework conditions and instruments governing a sustainable rural-urban nexus
- Analytical and conceptual approaches for the development of the urban and the rural
- Sustainable food systems in times of urbanization and global resource scarcity: challenges and opportunities
- Regional food systems and sustainable land use in the Urban-Rural Nexus
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.