Commoning in the rural-urban interface
Rapid urbanization has often taken place at the expense of rural resources and the communities in which these resources are embedded. Urban development is often premised solely on generating economic returns, and is considered to be at loggerheads with the vibrancy of rural areas. Rural ecological services, however, are important to sustainable cities; perhaps more importantly, the cultural heritage and social capital rooted in rural communities are a coherent part of a city’s identity. How to manage and revitalize rural resources amid urbanization so as to attain a sustainable rural-urban interface is a major challenge for many big cities, particularly those in Asia. To what extent a commoning approach can help manage and revitalize rural resources? What are the opportunities and challenges for practicing commoning in the rural-urban interface?
Convenor: Professor Wai-Fung Lam from the Centre for Civil Society and Governance at The University of Hong Kong
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