International conference on peri-urban landscapes: water, food and environmental security

Event date: 8 July 2014 - 10 July 2014

Venue: University of Western Sydney, NSW
City: Sydney
Country: Australia
Website/register: International conference on peri-urban landscapes: water, food and environmental security

Peri Urban Landscapes conference 2014

Description: Peri-urban areas are zones of transition from rural to urban land uses located between the outer limits of urban and regional centres and the rural environment. The boundaries of peri-urban areas are porous and transitory as urban development extends into rural and industrial land. Irrespective of how the boundaries move there will always be peri-urban zones.

There are growing concerns about water and food security to meet increases in population in urban areas. For cities to be liveable and sustainable into the future there is a need to maintain the natural resource base and the ecosystem services in the peri-urban areas surrounding cities.

Development of peri-urban areas involves the conversion of rural lands to residential use, closer subdivision, fragmentation and a changing mix of urban and rural activities and functions. Changes within these areas can have significant impacts upon agricultural uses and productivity, environmental amenity and natural habitat, supply and quality of water and water and energy consumption. These changes affect the peri-urban areas themselves and the associated urban and rural environments.

In the past, cities and towns have been established in areas that had secure water and energy supplies and fertile lands for food production. The burgeoning population growth and expansion of urban centres worldwide has placed increasing pressure on potable water supplies, energy and food supplies and the ecosystems services on which the community and the liveability of the community depend. The themes of the conference are selected to focus on critical natural resource, socio-economic, legal, policy and institutional issues that are impacted by the inevitable drift of cities into peri-urban areas.
Peri-urban’14 is the first of its kind; an international, transdisciplinary conference which provides a valuable opportunity to explore these issues.

Peri-urban’14 concerns the sustainability and security of peri-urban aspects of water, land, food, ecosystems services and liveability of regions. Within these themes, contributions from the following sectors will be presented:

PERI-URBAN LAND USE CHANGE IMPACTS

  • Water cycle management (including flooding)
  • Ecosystems services
  • River health
  • Groundwater-surface water connectivity
  • Biodiversity
  • Temperature change due to ‘heat island effects’

URBAN AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY

  • Land and water availability
  • Agriculture & fisheries
  • Food production
  • Future food security of cities
  • Urban food security and climate change
  • Institutional aspects of food security
  • Rural-urban linkages and migration
  • Formal and informal markets and their interactions
  • Urban food system infrastructure

WATER SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES

  • Safe and sustainable water and sanitation services
  • Ecohydrology for sustainability
  • New and innovative approaches for urban water management
  • International experience and initiatives (e.g., UNESCO-IHP, UNESCO Switch-in Asia, World Bank, FAO, ADB, AfDB and AusAID)

SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL ASPECTS

  • Economic value and markets
  • Livelihoods and economic activity
  • Future impacts on water dependent businesses
  • Community engagement
  • Urbanisation trends
  • Land use planning
  • Water and food security impacts
  • Water availability and liveability of cities
  • Capacity building

LEGAL, POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGES

  • Governance and water reforms
  • Water rights and water trading
  • Integrated planning and management
  • Legal and institutional frameworks

COPING WITH PERI-URBAN LANDUSE CHANGES

  • Water reuse
  • Stormwater management
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Land use planning
  • Water sensitive urban and peri-urban design
  • Aquifer recharge, storage and recovery
  • Water use efficiency
  • Bio-trading
  • Desalination