The planet is becoming urbanised at a galloping rate, particularly in less developed countries. By 2050, three billion additional people will find themselves living in and around towns and cities. Experts are concerned: without a minimum of organisation, these changes risk to accentuate the precariousness of huge swathes of the world’s population. At the heart of their concerns are ‘periurban areas’, an emerging concept which has been the subject of research led by Jan Bogaert, Head of the Biodiversity and Landscape Research unit at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech/University of Liège and Jean-Marie Halleux, Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Liège. This is also an opportunity to discover the ‘Central Africa Platform' of ULg.
A purposely chosen theme
‘This publication follows a conference organised on the same topic in December 2013 at Gembloux, which brought together experts from both north and south’ explains Professor Jan Bogaert, Head of the Biodiversity and Landscape Reseach unit at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech. ‘It seeks to go further than simply publishing the proceedings of the meeting. Indeed, at the end of the meeting, we felt it was appropriate to publish the presented papers into six major sections. The first is simply setting the context and attempting to define what a ‘periurban area’ represents. We consequently address five main issues of these periurban areas: natural resources, food security, public health, public services and, finally, spatial planning’.
(1) Territoires périurbains. Développement, enjeux et perspectives dans les pays du Sud. Edited by Jan Bogaert and Jean-Marie Halleux, Presses Agronomiques de Gembloux, 2015. Available at: http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/handle/2268/188554