Presentation Title

Analysing the Three Pillars of Sustainable Development in the Rural-Urban Fringe in Canada

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

The rural-urban fringe (RUF) can be described as the transition zone between primarily urban areas, and those devoted to agricultural land use. However, recently the transition zone has become blurred and the exact boundaries of the rural-urban fringe are more difficult to define. Increased urbanization and sprawl has often resulted in the development of the rural-urban fringe to support industry that either does not fit within the urban city-limits, or to expand those limits. This leads to the main focus of our presentation as to whether or not development of the rural-urban fringe can be classified as sustainable. Within the parameters of sustainable development, the United Nations states that there needs to be a balance between the social, environmental, and economic sectors, or the three pillars of sustainability. After extensive literature review, land policy analysis, and sustainable development framework analysis, we are able to tentatively conclude that with the correct policies and frameworks, the implementation of sustainable development in the rural-urban fringe is possible.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Tom Waldichuk

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Analysing the Three Pillars of Sustainable Development in the Rural-Urban Fringe in Canada

The rural-urban fringe (RUF) can be described as the transition zone between primarily urban areas, and those devoted to agricultural land use. However, recently the transition zone has become blurred and the exact boundaries of the rural-urban fringe are more difficult to define. Increased urbanization and sprawl has often resulted in the development of the rural-urban fringe to support industry that either does not fit within the urban city-limits, or to expand those limits. This leads to the main focus of our presentation as to whether or not development of the rural-urban fringe can be classified as sustainable. Within the parameters of sustainable development, the United Nations states that there needs to be a balance between the social, environmental, and economic sectors, or the three pillars of sustainability. After extensive literature review, land policy analysis, and sustainable development framework analysis, we are able to tentatively conclude that with the correct policies and frameworks, the implementation of sustainable development in the rural-urban fringe is possible.