Regional Circular and Ecological Sphere Concept for Sustainable Resource Management and Collective Resilience of Urban and Rural: Lessons from Japan

Event: The 4th World Congress on Disaster Management
Date: 29 January-1 February
Conference Proceeding

The urban and rural regions can be well understood as the dynamic systems embedded and interconnected through their social, economic and environmental settings. These urban-rural interlinkages have important implication for understanding climate change vulnerabilities and capturing opportunities for adaptation and disaster risk reduction. However, until the present, different regional authorities handled spatial planning issues of resource development and management case by case through the conventional and legal administrative planning jurisdiction. These dichotomies need to be overcome by enhancing and strengthening partnership between urban and rural in moving towards the development of sustainable societies. Importance of has been well acknowledge in the Fifth Basic Environment Plan of the Government of Japan and it introduced a new concept called Regional Circular and Ecological Sphere (Regional-CES) as key to promote the development of sustainable societies through. Regional-CES fosters the better utilisation and circulation of regional resources to form a self-reliant decentralized society. Thus, Regional-CES is a very strong concept to explore innovative solutions by enhancing and strengthening partnership for maximize sustainable use of resources in urban-rural functional region. This paper attempts to present some good cases from Japan and share practical cases of Regional-CES in water resource management for collective resilience of urban and rural.