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Tropentag, September 19 - 21, 2016 in Vienna, Austria

"Solidarity in a competing world - fair use of resources"

Resource Competition, Degradation and Recovery in Urbanizing Landscapes

Josiane Nikiema

International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Ghana


Urbanisation is the pre-eminent global phenomenon of our time. Already today, urban areas account for 75% of the world's natural resource consumption, while producing over 50% of the globe's waste on just 2–3% of the earth's land surface. There is a growing international focus on fair resource allocation and governance between sectors. With resource flows being more and more determined by urban demands, peri-urban areas are becoming hot spots for farming system intensification in view of urban demands but also resource degradation, competition and depletion. The SDGs support rural-urban linkages and closed loop processes to address these challenges.

Keywords: Peri-urban areas

Contact Address: Josiane Nikiema, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Accra, Ghana, e-mail: J.Nikiema@cgiar.org

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