Few weeks left to Resilient Cities 2017 congress!
Resilient Cities 2017, the Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation takes place May 4 – 6, 2017 in Bonn, Germany and anticipates more than 400 participants – among which local government representatives, international organizations, private and public sector resilience and climate change adaptation experts, researchers, and civil society representatives.
They have prepared an exciting programme, with subjects such as ‘City-to-city collaboration and other strategic partnerships to enhance urban resilience‘ or ‘Integrating ecosystem-based adaptation and ecosystem services into urban management strategies‘, among many others.
A panel on whether cities can help address the challenges of land degradation will also take place on Saturday 6th, since «cities need to ensure food, water, shelter and services for the increasing population and municipalities could become key players in sustainable land management, addressing the man made drivers of land degradation and drought». As the introduction to this panel says, «cities also could play a decisive role in achieving land degradation neutrality and in promoting “joined up” rural and urban planning. Will they lead on creating a more harmonious and productive relationship between town and country to provide sustainability for the needs of all their citizens?».
In the past years, Resilient Urban Food Systems have been subject to several fora and sessions during the Resilient Cities Congress series. In response to demands for information, training, technical and policy advice by an increasing number of cities, ICLEI and RUAF Foundation launched the CITYFOOD network on resilient city-region food systems and urban agriculture.
ICLEI and RUAF Foundation, with the technical support of FAO, will gather cities participating in the network, many of which Milan Urban Food Policy Pact signatories, to mark the operational start of the CITYFOOD network at Resilient Cities 2017. The congress will offer a platform for cities to engage in technical sessions on building local food strategies towards sustainable and resilient food systems, implementing city region food system assessment and facilitating network exchange and cooperation mechanisms.
The Forum will host the following sessions:
• Resilient Urban Food Systems and the International Sustainable Development Agenda
This panel will gather city representatives and other key participants and speakers to (i) advocate for the importance of building resilient and sustainable city region food systems, (ii) discuss the transition towards sustainable city region food systems as a key factor of resilience for cities within the framework of the global development agenda and (iii) present the action plan of the ICLEI-RUAF CITYFOOD network.
• Tools and methods for city region food system assessment and planning
This session will explore different tools, methodologies and approaches on city region food system assessment and planning to build local food strategies towards sustainability and resilience.
• City network exchange and cooperation mechanisms on urban food systems
This session will showcase how different cooperation mechanisms and processes can be used to foster exchanges of good practices, experiences and knowledge on urban food systems between cities.