Urban Agriculture Forum Launched – Yale Architecture


The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture (Yale CEA) immediately launched an open digital discussion board aimed toward accelerating city agriculture in cities and delivering big advantages on every thing from meals safety to local weather change.

Beyond Urban Agriculture,” launched on the UN Food Systems Summit, is attending to spark a dialogue between practitioners of city agriculture, different inexperienced infrastructure and rising science and expertise, alongside an exhibition of a dwelling inexperienced wall.

“Integrated urban agriculture offers our cities solutions to address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution, while increasing the health of their people and resilience of infrastructure,” mentioned Martina Otto, Head of Cities at UNEP. “It is transformative in its ability to reconnect cities and urban communities with nature, a move that we sorely need.”

The vulnerability of complicated worth chains, which turned extra obvious through the COVID-19 pandemic, is now driving cities to check new methods of facilitating entry to contemporary and wholesome meals.
Since 80 per cent of meals might be consumed in cities by 2050, cities can considerably affect the best way that meals is grown, notably by bringing meals manufacturing nearer to city facilities and selling shorter circuits of meals.

As city meals consumption is without doubt one of the largest sources of city materials flows, city carbon and land footprints, cities can leverage adjustments of their meals methods to handle their sustainability and resilience challenges.

The discussion board will give voices to practitioners and teachers who’re investigating and growing city agricultural strategies, from casual rooftop gardens to indoor vertical farming which will have the potential to rework meals safety and entry to well being and diet for tens of millions in rising city facilities.

The discussion board may also discover the big selection of potential of social and environmental advantages: the discount of city warmth island results and associated power wants, enhancements in air high quality and livability, the potential for filtering and higher managing water, bolstering city biodiversity, and main folks in direction of extra sustainable meals consumption habits by making a stronger reference to the meals they eat.

“We are pleased to host these panel discussions and to provide this digital forum to feature a range of diverse voices contributing to the nascent but burgeoning field of urban agriculture, focusing on practice, research, industry, policy, and design,” mentioned Anna Dyson, Founding-Director of Yale CEA. “Presentations and discussions will focus on opportunities and challenges of building integrated vegetation for food production and the potential for synergistic ecosystems benefits.”

For extra info:

About the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP is the main world voice on the surroundings. It gives management and encourages partnership in caring for the surroundings by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to enhance their high quality of life with out compromising that of future generations.

About Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture

The Yale Center for Ecosystems + Architecture (Yale CEA) is a multidisciplinary analysis enterprise led by the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of the Environment. Yale CEA unites researchers throughout a number of fields within the improvement of transformative methods for the Built Environment. We purposefully prioritize the necessities of dwelling ecosystems in direction of the event of modern strategies for buildings and cities that help biodiversity with clear power, water, and supplies. Yale CEA is growing SEVA, Socio-Ecological Visual Analytics, a novel interactive visible analytics surroundings for heterogeneous information. The framework permits for monitoring and information assortment inside constructed ecologies. SEVA is creating info pathways between prolonged dwelling ecosystems and constructed environments, alongside human biometrics and public well being information, by incorporating sensing gadgets and a variety of information units that feed right into a semantically enabled database. A person-pleasant internet platform permits the person to filter, visualize, and analyze the ingested information.

About Yale School of Architecture

The mission of the Yale School of Architecture is to coach architects, students, lecturers, and leaders who will form the long run by design. Located in New Haven, the School gives skilled and publish-skilled structure levels in addition to the interdisciplinary Master of Environmental Design; it additionally helps an undergraduate structure main and a Ph.D. program.

For extra info, contact:

Sophie Loran, Communication Officer, Energy and Climate Branch, UNEP |

Hind Wildman, Director of Communications and Development, Yale CEA |