The challenges to urban agriculture in the Sydney basin and lower Blue Mountains region of Australia

Document Sample
The challenges to urban agriculture in the Sydney basin and lower Blue Mountains region of Australia Powered By Docstoc
					  The challenges to urban agriculture in the
  Sydney basin and lower Blue Mountains
  region of Australia
  J. Merson1*, R. Attwater2, P. Ampt1, H. Wildman3 and R. Chapple4
  1
    Institute of Environmental Studies, Vallentine Annexe, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052 NSW
  2
    University of Western Sydney, Richmond, 2753 NSW
  3
    Microbial Management Systems, Australia
  4
    Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, Katoomba, 2780 NSW

  The western edge of the Sydney basin in Australia has been one of the major sources of fruit and vegetables for the Sydney
  markets. A rapid expansion of urban development in this region h
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: The western edge of the Sydney basin in Australia has been one of the major sources of fruit and vegetables for the Sydney markets. A rapid expansion of urban development in this region has caused a significant reduction in the number of small farms and market gardens. Urban and peri-urban agriculture in the region also provides an important buffer between urban development and the neighbouring Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The decline in urban agriculture can be attributed to various causes including urban expansion and economies of scale. This paper presents an overview of a four-year project that explored options for supporting these vulnerable farming communities both in terms of the regulatory factors and economic and environmental sustainability. The role of agri-industries as landscape buffers to the neighbouring World Heritage Area was investigated in relation to resilience, communities of practice, and ecosystem services. The study developed tools, in conjunction with targeted representative landholders, that can assist in enhancing the economic and environmental resilience of these agri-industries. These tools included an integrated bio-system approach to waste using organic waste conversion, and the use of landscape function analysis to monitor across farms to help address erosion, loss of nutrients and inefficient water management. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
BUY THIS DOCUMENT NOW PRICE: $6.95 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEED
PARTNER ProQuest LLC
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning.