In 2050, 66% of the human population will live in cities. On one hand, cities increasingly face challenges of sustainability, metropolitan resilience and liveability, challenges that put at risk resource and food security (reducing foodmiles), mobility and logistics, water and waste management, health and wellbeing. On the other hand metropolitan areas are also part of the solution for these kind of problems and sources of innovation. Socio-economic evaluations needed to assess new metropolitan solutions. Such solutions are made possible by todays revolution of new technologies (e.g. circularity), new designs and new ways of (adaptive) governance and innovation. Old solutions will not solve new problems; urban adaptation requires innovation, learning and new governance structures (see deliverable 2.1 of FP7 project Urban-NEXUS, grant agreement n° 282679). The methods used to generate new green solutions in the urban realm are focused on deepening our understanding of the functioning of green cities by integrating the knowledge of the different NEXUS themes (to go beyond silo thinking) through planning and design and by co-developing new solutions with local community driven initiatives.
The increasing concentration of people in metropolitan environments means that social and environmental demands for living and working are under pressure. There is a need for innovative research on how metropolitan nature and local food systems can improve the health, welfare and wellbeing of people. Climate change will impact the functioning of cities as safe heaven and shelter against natural disasters. Cities provide an environment for creativity and for innovative solutions.
A dashboard focussing on impact of climate change and resources on metropolitan food sufficiency and liveability delivers insights and focus to stakeholders