The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture (Yale CEA) today launched an open digital forum aimed at accelerating urban agriculture in cities and delivering huge benefits in all areas, from food security to climate change.
“Beyond urban agriculture”, Launched at the United Nations Food Systems Summit, participates in a discussion between practitioners of urban agriculture, other green infrastructure and emerging science and technology, alongside an exhibition of a living green wall.
“Integrated urban agriculture offers our cities solutions to face the triple planetary crisis of climate change, the loss of nature and pollution, while improving the health of their population and the resilience of infrastructure”, said Martina Otto, Cities Officer at UNEP. “It is transformative in its ability to reconnect cities and urban communities with nature, an approach that we sorely need. “
The vulnerability of complex value chains, which became more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, is now pushing cities to test new ways to facilitate access to fresh and healthy food. Given that 80% of food will be consumed in cities by 2050, cities can significantly influence the way food is grown, including by bringing food production closer to urban centers and fostering shorter food chains. .
As urban food consumption is one of the largest sources of urban material flows, urban and land carbon footprints, cities can leverage changes in their food systems to meet their sustainability and resilience challenges.
The forum will give voice to practitioners and academics studying and developing methods of urban agriculture, from informal rooftop gardens to vertical indoor agriculture that may have the potential to transform food security and access to health. and nutrition for millions of people in growing urban centers.
The forum will also explore the wide range of potential social and environmental benefits: reduction of urban heat island effects and associated energy needs, improvement of air quality and livability, filtering potential and better water management, strengthening urban biodiversity and moving people towards more sustainable food consumption habits by creating a stronger connection with the food they eat.
“We are delighted to host these roundtables and provide this digital forum to present a range of diverse voices contributing to the nascent but growing field of urban agriculture, focusing on practice, research, industry. , politics and design, ”said Anna Dyson. , Founder and Director of Yale CEA. “The presentations and discussions will focus on the opportunities and challenges of building integrated vegetation for food production and the potential for synergistic benefits for ecosystems. “
For more information: www.beyondurbanagriculture.org
About the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
UNEP is the world’s leading voice on the environment. It provides leadership and encourages partnership in protecting the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
About the Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture
The Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture (Yale CEA) is a multidisciplinary research enterprise led by the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of the Environment. Yale CEA brings together researchers from several fields in the development of transformative systems for the built environment. We deliberately prioritize the demands of living ecosystems towards the development of innovative methods for buildings and cities that support biodiversity with clean energy, water and materials. Yale CEA develops IS GOING, Socio-Ecological Visual Analytics, a new interactive visual analysis environment for heterogeneous data. The framework enables monitoring and data collection within built ecologies. SEVA creates information pathways between large living ecosystems and built environments, alongside human biometrics and public health data, by incorporating sensing devices and a range of datasets that feed into a database semantically enabled. A user-friendly web platform allows the user to filter, view and analyze the ingested data.
About Yale School of Architecture
The mission of Yale School of Architecture is to train architects, academics, teachers and leaders who will shape the future through design. Located in New Haven, the school offers professional and post-professional architecture degrees as well as an interdisciplinary Masters in environmental design; it also supports an undergraduate architecture major and a doctorate. program.
For more information, contact:
Sophie Loran, Communications Officer, Energy and Climate Branch, UNEP | [email protected]
Hind Wildman, Director of Communications and Development, Yale CEA | [email protected]