Policy brief: urban agriculture as a climate change strategy (2015)

Policy brief: urban agriculture as a climate change strategy

Climate change impacts on cities are increasing. Cities must embrace the triple challenges of reducing the vulnerability of their population to climate change; of mitigating their GHG emissions and of providing sufficient and nutritious food for their residents. There is growing recognition of urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry as an important strategy for climate-change adaptation and disaster-risk reduction, while also bringing mitigation and important developmental benefits. Several cities already promote urban agriculture in floodplains, develop rooftop gardens in dense urban settlements, include urban forestry in new housing schemes and preserve peri-urban greenbelts for local food production. This policy brief provides examples from innovative policies and practices from various cities. For the full document click here.