The report "Integrated approaches for sustainable urban-rural development" published by the German Federal Environment Agency at the end of 2019 summarizes the key results of the project. The findings of the project show that there is already a wide range of strategic approaches, instruments and institutional forms for better collaboration between cities and their surrounding areas. Rather than establishing new instruments, administrations and policy makers should make greater use of existing possibilities - especially informal instruments of regional planning - and to integrate sustainable urban and peri-urban development into existing policies. In particular, the development of regional food strategies can be an important entry point and catalyst for achieving sustainable urban rural development.
- Rural Urban Nexus – Global sustainable land use and urbanization. Integrated approaches for a sustainable rural-urban development [UBA Texte | 138/2019, Wunder, Stephanie; Wolff, Franziska; Kuhn, Stefan; Burger, Annika; Giseke, Undine; Kasper, Christoph , November 2019, German, 2,4 MB].
In parallel four in depth reports were published:
- Framework conditions and instruments governing a sustainable rural-urban nexus [UBA Texte 86/2019, Franziska Wolff, Linda Mederake, Daniel Bleher, Olaf Sosath, Ida Westphal, August 2019, German, 3,6 MB]
- Analytical and conceptual approaches for the development of the urban and the rural [UBA Texte 136/2019, Christoph Kasper, Undine Giseke, November 2019, German, 10,4 MB]
- Sustainable food systems in times of urbanization and global resource scarcity: challenges and opportunities [UBA Texte 85/2019, Stephanie Wunder, August 2019, deutsch, 1,8 MB]
- Regional food systems and sustainable land use in the Urban-Rural Nexus [UBA Texte 137/2019, Stephanie Wunder, November 2019, German, 1,8MB]
All reports are in German but contain an English summary.
A summary of the project results with regard to the role of regional food strategies can also be found in the article "Seven at a Stroke – Regional Food Strategies as the Key to More Sustainable Urban-Rural Cooperation" published in January 2020 by Stephanie Wunder and Franziska Wolff in the Critical Agricultural Report.
Furthermore, the project team published a number of discussion papers:
- Good practice examples of integrated approaches for rural-urban linkages (Christoph Kasper, Prof. Undine Giseke, Technische Universität Berlin, German, 2017) [pdf, 2MB]
- Resource flows of the urban metabolism (Daniel Bleher, Öko-Institut, German 2017) [pdf, 1.7 MB]
- Indicators for sustainable rural urban development (Stefan Kuhn und Annika Burger, ICLEI, German, 2018) [pdf, 1.3 MB]