Interactions of Cities and their Surroundings
Hosted by Langenburg Forum for Sustainability in cooperation with Österreichische Hagelversicherung and BILLA
This session will focus on creating a blueprint for better collaboration between cities and their surrounding areas. Cities, as home to an increasing share of the global population, are emerging as centers of demand and consumption while their surrounding areas provide much of the resource supply. How can we ensure that the urban-rural linkage becomes a major element of sustainable development? How can we avoid the most extractive aspects of market-driven interactions? How can we help cities recognize and nurture the deeper roots beyond their administrative boundaries? How can we leverage the interactions between cities and their surroundings to co-create new social and environmental values?