Urban and rural areas are dynamic systems, functionally interlinked through their social and environmental settings. A variety of resources including food, energy and water flow between urban and rural areas. Against the growing population, rapid urbanization and changing climate, regional level planning exercises in consideration of urban-rural linkages have become critical to maintain the environmental balance. Although, the notion of urban-rural linkage has recently gained prominence at the global policy level, including the Sustainable Development Goals and The New Urban Agenda, its application at local level development planning is still not apparent. In view of that, the proposed project works toward generating evidence at the grass-root level. Intensive research will be conducted in selected areas from India (Nagpur) and Bangladesh (Gazipur), and emphasis will be laid on collaborative research for developing pathways to enhance Food-Energy-Water (FEW) security through a trans-disciplinary approach. It will include visualization of urban-rural linkages, specifically for FEW resources, in selected study areas. The climate-induced water availability impacts on FEW sectors will then be assessed based on qualitative and quantitative methods, and the supply-demand gaps will be underlined. Building on the results, the project will engage key stakeholders in co-designing feasible measures to mitigate climate-induced impacts on FEW sectors through urban-rural collective efforts.
Project • CRRP2020-05MY-Shaw