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Strengthening peri-urban ecosystems for urban climate change resilience: Addressing knowledge and capacity gaps

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Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Neglecting peri-urban spaces and its ecosystems is resulting in loss and degradation of associated ecosystem services. Water provision, storm-and waste-water regulation, along with protection from natural disasters, are the impacted services that most acutely affect the livelihood and basic services of poor and vulnerable populations dependent on such services.  Vulnerability further extends to urban populations that depend on the ecosystem services provided by the peri-urban areas.

The peri-urban ecosystems play crucial roles in a) providing livelihood security to the marginalized communities inhabited in the fringes of the cities and b) contributing to urban resilience in cities through its provisioning, regulating, supporting and cultural services. Despite its important role, the peri-urban areas are under constant threat due to un-clear conceptualisations, lack of appropriate policies, weak governance mechanisms and dearth of capacities on their important contribution in urban resilience.

This knowledge partnership project being implemented by GEAG, with the support of Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), UK, aims to establish and build an understanding on the crucial role of peri-urban ecosystems by highlighting the inter-complementarity between the livelihoods of the peri-urban inhabitants and the contribution of ecosystems in urban resilience and to further mainstream ecosystem-resilience integration in capacity development programmes of apex institutions.

The key activities entail assessing the knowledge needs and capacity gaps on linkages between peri-urban ecosystems and urban resilience and find pathways to address through existing research outcomes and practice-based experiences. This includes development of relevant knowledge products, policy briefs and undertaking advocacy initiatives for proper management and governance of peri urban areas and ecosystems.