URBAN NEXUS – An Approach for Sustainable Development and Example for Urban-Rural-Linkages
Carmen Vogt, Alexandra Linden, Eike Vater
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany
Urbanisation is one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century. Over 90% of the anticipated global urban growth is taking place in metropolitan regions of developing countries. Urban agglomerations therefore represent important living environments of the future and are central to the aims of poverty reduction, economic growth, sustainable use of common resources and provision of services and food. Within urban agglomerations urban-rural-linkages are becoming increasingly relevant. A truly integrated approach to development must go beyond intra-city policy coordination and traditional rural services. The integration with surrounding areas, both urban and rural, needs also to be considered. The benefits of stronger urban-rural cooperation include more efficient land use planning, better provision of services (e.g. basic services, public transport, health) and better management of natural resources.
Keywords: Peri-urban agriculture
Contact Address: Carmen Vogt, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5, 65760 Eschborn, Germany, e-mail: carmen.vogtgiz.de