Individuals, businesses, communities and local governments across the world are responding to the growing disconnect between urban populations and their food supply through the establishment of urban- and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) projects. This happens within a wider debate on city region food systems and on resilient food systems for cities. In both debates is ICLEI strongly engaged.
In addition to transforming underused urban plots into a sustainable local food supply, new city region food systems have been proven to enhance social cohesion, increase civic engagement and provide beneficial ecosystem services.
Local governments have a variety of roles to play to support the planning and implementation of sustainable urban food production, ensuring resilient food systems and fostering the city-region relations to the benefit of both. Successful cases of local government and community-driven projects will be presented.
This session will:
Catarina Freitas, Head of Department, Sustainable Environmental Management and Planning, Almada, Portugal
Hae-sik Lee, Mayor, Gangdong-gu Municipal Government, Republic of Korea
Mustafa Tunç Soyer, Mayor, Seferihisar Municipality, Turkey