IUFRO LE 2017-9

IUFRO LE 2017-9: Sustainable governance of urban landscapes in cross-boundaries contexts


Author(s): Spyra M. (a), Fürst C. (a), La Rosa D. (b), Inostroza L. (c)

Institution(s): a) Institute for Geosciences and Geography, Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany b) Department Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Italy c) Institute of Geography, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Sustainable governance of urban landscapes needs to be understood as a highly participatory process with a broader range of actors compared to urban planning. It relates to concepts such as metropolitan areas, megacities, or rural-urban interactions that characterize the ecological and socio-economic interactions of a city with its environment. This addresses urban, regional and (cross-) national development goals such as air pollution reduction, integrated watershed-management, transport-management and the provision of urban ecosystem services. We hypothesize that the sustainable development of urban landscapes requires novel tools and governance approaches, which reflect multi-stakeholder and cross-boundary interactions. The symposium presentations will provide an overview on and discuss the impact of existing urban governance tools and approaches by prominent examples. The presentations are expected to assess the capacities of such approaches for sustainable development, e.g. by improving the connections of urban green with adjacent natural ecosystems as an incentive to contribute to urban biodiversity and to cultural services. Lessons learnt from the presentations will end-up in recommendations for promising governance approaches in relation to different socio-cultural contexts. Particular attention will be paid to presentations that address urban-environment relations in cross-border contexts, where different legal regulations and cultural assets pose particular challenges to sustainable urban development.