Governance of natural heritage in peri-urban open spaces | 351N | GLP OSM 2019

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Session Organizers: Marcin Spyra, Christine Fürst, Wei-Ning Xiang, Wei Wei, Luis Inostroza, Daniele La Rosa, and Janina Kleemann

Research on urban and rural systems and their interactions is well established. However, it is often ignored that both systems have no strict boundaries, but are connected through a transition peri-urban area (PUA), where settlement takes smoothly place and where still natural ecosystems are abundant. New developments in PUAs encourage the process of more in-depth analyses of parts of these areas to understand their dynamics and particular contribution to biodiversity and ecosystem services. Particularly, peri-urban open spaces (PUOS) are of high interest as they form places of highest land-use conflicts and pressures from urban sprawl. By “PUOS” we understand non-build-up areas, located within PUAs, whose land use does not belong to the following types: urban fabric, industrial, commercial, military, private and transport units and mine, dump and construction sites. Control mechanisms against pressures on PUOS are weak because of their transitional character. In many regions, the natural heritage of PUOS is neither conserved, protected, promoted, nor part of everyday planning practice. Therefore, investments in PUOS tend to be unsustainable over time, and do not address well the real capacities of these areas to contribute to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services provision. Additionally, policy and planning instruments do not address properly the development of PUOS so that informal settlements and degrading of natural ecosystems take place. The overall objective of this session is the identification of good practices and policy experiences related to the conservation and sustainable development of PUOS. We wish to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve the consideration of PUOS in existing planning instruments. We intend to analyze how planned and unintended development of PUOS are taking place across different world regions and what the implications have been in the past. We intend to explore how future PUOS pattern should be conceived to contribute to a sustainable development. The proposed format of the session will contain two main parts: (1) a theory-based one, where different scholars will present their contributions; (2) a practice-oriented one, the immersive workshop, where World Café and rich picture formats will be used to identify good practices and policy experiences related to the protection of natural heritage in PUOS. The symposium intends to publish either a Special Issue or a synthesis paper to the new Springer Journal Social-Ecological Practice Research (SEPR).

The 4th Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme was held from April 24-26 in Bern, Switzerland.

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