Jing Lin, Jianming Cai and Yan Han
In: Urban Agriculture Magazine no 33 - Urban Agroecology, p.61-64 (2017)
China’s many initiatives promoting urban-rural development, such as “The new countryside construction” and “New urbanisation” programme, are grounded in five development concepts: innovation, coordination, green development, opening up and sharing, and eco-civilisation. The concept of eco-civilisation refers to a comprehensive and harmonious system which builds on multistakeholder participation in the creation of a high-amenity environment and landscape with natural biodiversity and cultural richness. In other words, the question for Beijing is how its peri-urban landscapes can be maintained, while providing natural ecosystem services and cultural context.