Eco-resilient area development aims to improve the local ecology. Cleaning air and soil might even be a licence to operate as area developer. But what if the cleaning capacity of nature is not recognised as such? What if claims of urbanity compete with nature? How can the local community play an active role in developing by or with nature? What does this ask from government and education?
In the third session we review the cleaning capacity of nature. What does it take to deal
with pollution in soil in and air? How can plants help to make areas more clean and so be a first licence to operate?
Eco-Resilient Area Development
How can we organise our area developments in an Eco-Resilient way?
In four sessions we explore what it takes to redevelop the brown-field areas in our cities. In these derelict former industrial and port areas challenges of other urban and rural area developments accumulate. It is about revitalizing, cleaning up and making the area safe again. Brown-fields form the most topical urban development task and ask for the most comprehensive solution. We need all knowledge and experience available to come to an eco-resilient development of these areas. ‘Eco’ means ecologically and economically healthy and sustainable. Eco-resilience means being able to adapt, act and survive in ecologically and economically healthy and sustainable ways. In short to become ‘self-reliant’.
In many localities we find communities that strive for self-reliance, based on principles of self-organization, such as cooperatives. These forms of organization however do not result in the availability of all required resources as many are bound by or depended on institutions that are outside of the influence of the local community as such.
We define institutions as the public and private arrangements that are rooted in culture, secured in legal and other structures and are common practice. We look for regime change through new collaborations between the public and private sector and local communities. This is a European challenge and intertwines with the Barosso-agenda for a Europe of prosperous self-supporting regions.