A sustainable urban development can not only be achieved within city boundaries. Therefore the city, peri-urban and rural areas must be considered together. The development of cities, peri-urban and rural areas is functionally closely intertwined. In growing regions demands of using the resource land are often intensifying.

Ein Mädchen auf dem Feld schaut in die Stadt am Horizont (©Hallgerd - stock.adobe.com)
Together: cities and countries.
photo: ©Hallgerd - stock.adobe.com

The funding measure “Stadt-Land-Plus (Urban-Rural-Plus)” aims at the holistic, integrated and sustainable development of regions by strengthening the urban-rural relations. The objective is to implement an efficient resource-saving land management on a regional level while safeguarding the interests of cities, peri-urban and rural areas. However, to meet this target there are no established or institutionalized processes and structures available yet.

To achieve a long-term stable regional development, cross-sectoral and intercommunal efforts are therefore necessary to obtain a resource-saving land use management. Considerable knowledge gaps exist about the interaction of urban-rural relations and the sustainability of regions.

The call ”Stadt-Land-Plus” addresses research institutions and universities, municipalities and municipal institutions, land users (agriculture and forestry, housing, tourism, nature conservation, waste management), regional planners and developers; food, feed, pharmaceutical and building materials industries; logistics providers or transport companies, information service providers and retailers.

The key topics are:

  • the regional circular economy and quality of land use management
  • an improved balance of interests between urban, peri-urban and rural areas

This funding measure is part of the “Flagship Initiative ‘City of the Future’” under the third BMBF framework programme “Research for Sustainable Development – FONA3“.

Last update: 27.02.2019