Landscapes are essential! They provide important ecosystem services which are the basis of all life, such as drinking water, clean air, food, energy sources, building materials and recreational opportunities, as well as carbon sinks and climate regulation.
Landscapes are complex socio-ecological systems, influenced by a range of factors. A new video by GIZ’s sector project ‘Sustainable rural development’ shows the consequences of non-sustainable landscape management. How resources are used affects people, biodiversity and the global climate. Pressure on landscapes is growing faster than ever, creating a vicious circle ranging from expansion of land used for fields, through extreme impacts of climate change to a plunge in productivity.
The GIZ video outlines a concept which takes an integrated view of people, the environment, industry, and factors such as population growth and climate change. It shows approaches and measures which can help break this vicious circle and make people and nature more resilient. Concrete measures are presented which contribute to achieving the various sustainable development goals of Agenda 2030.
Rural and urban areas benefit each other if they are properly linked. They are already interconnected by flows of people, goods, money, information and even waste. Nevertheless, rural and urban areas are usually viewed separately, even though they are affected by the same challenges, such as globalisation, climate change, population growth and migration.
The GIZ video shows four possible approaches:
By considering rural and urban areas jointly, it is possible to address and achieve multiple SDGs simultaneously, thereby driving sustainable development over an entire region.
“How landscape approaches can contribute to finding solutions for a sustainably managed landscape”
“Thinking rural and urban areas together contribute to achieve several SDGs”
Further information on landscape approaches and rural urban linkages is available at the sector project ‘Sustainable rural development’