SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/cities/

The man is already a predominantly urban species: more than half of the world population lives in cities of more than 300,000 inhabitants, and also its growth has accelerated since the end of the last millennium, so it is expected that in 2050 this percentage will reach already at 70% of the world population.

“The decisions we make today about how we build and live in cities will affect future generations” (Winnigton et al., 2016).

On one hand, cities need, and in many cases also overuse, resources such as land, water, energy or biodiversity. (Seto et al., 2011) point out that the conversion of the land surface to urban uses must be classified as “one of the most irreversible human impacts in the world biosphere”.

On the other hand, cities can be seen as places of hope and change (Glaeser 2011). They play a key role in dealing with the challenges of global climate change (Rosenzweig et al., 2015), they are places of welcome that generate hope for a better life (Saunders 2011) or as economic engines and places where innovations occur (Sassen 2012).

LOMEDA adds value in:

Water Management

Through SUDs application , capillary irrigation systems and photobiodepuration, the use of water is significantly improved, reducing investments and costs derived from evacuation infrastructures.

Urban Arboriculture

According to a growing number of scientific studies, trees represent a fundamental factor in the human environment, acting in ecological, economic, aesthetic and psychological terms.

Therefore, it is essential to apply all the care and techniques to improve their development conditions, generated during the last thirty years, when what was considered as modern arboriculture began, starting with the publication in 1989 of Alex’s book Shigo ‘A New Tree Biology: Facts, Photos and Philosophies on Trees’.

Urban Agriculture

Integrated within the city, or in its vicinity, this kind of agriculture plays a growing role, essential depending on the case, being practiced by more than 800 M people (according to FAO data), in relation to resources, quality of life and urban resilience.