A unified framework will be developed to serve as the intellectual anchor for the landscape studies on the themes of rural sustainability. Findings of the studies will contribute to a better understanding of the diverse pathways to rural sustainability in Asia-Pacific, and coalesce into an Asia-Pacific model of rural sustainability which can be used to inform policy innovations and action partnerships in the region and beyond.
Rural sustainability in peri-urban areas:
landscape studies on current practice in Asia-Pacific
- To identify the characteristics, challenges, and opportunities of the peri-urban areas specific to your country and region in Asia-Pacific context for sustainability attainment;
- To review and compare respective typology of strategies, such as policies, and other public, private or community approaches, and their major components for the promotion and implementation of rural sustainability;
- To draw upon experience and insights from local rural revitalization cases and develop a list of enabling and success factors for rural revitalization; and
- To summarise the best practice principles, guidelines for actions and collaborative approaches for rural sustainability in Asia-Pacific for knowledge exchange purpose.
Outline and Methodology
Introduction – an overview of the status of rural sustainability development in respective city/country/region.
Challenges that peri-urban areas face in terms of:
- Resource management
- Land use changes and conflicts
- Vulnerability to environmental shocks and stresses
Opportunities that peri-urban areas have as geographic and social transitional zones
- Access to urban areas
- Cooperation and collaboration with different types of organisations in urban areas
- Space for experiments in improving current systems
Review on current practice and measures – compilation of current policies as well as other public, private and community-based approaches on rural revitalization at the macro policy context:
A review of the policy, institutional and social contexts for rural revitalization. Relevant topics may include: community economic initiatives, branding and place-making campaigns, policy and institutional innovation, etc. They could be discussed with respect to the below factors:
- Level of community inclusion and initiative
- Diversity of actors involved
- Improvement of socio-technical and socio-ecological systems, as well as emergence of new systems in order to meet social, economic, and environmental challenges
- Presence of experimentation and social learning
- Cultural heritage integration
- Identification and discussion of aspects of policies and institution arrangements that could enable innovative rural sustainability projects
- Case study matrix – an in-depth analysis of 1-2 selected case investigations with the purpose of illustrating the real-life challenges as well as the effectiveness of the policy practice and application.
Rural revitalization framework – a logic diagram to include inputs (resources), throughputs (processes and systems), outputs and impact (expected outcomes and results) along with check lists of principles for objective framing and guidelines for collaboration:
- The logic diagram should include relevant institutions and discuss aspects of policies that can help innovative and experimental rural sustainability projects succeed
- Suggestions for planning and implementing successful rural sustainability projects in Asia Pacific.
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