Rapid urban growth in the Andes

  • The research project Rapid urban growth in the Andes. Perception by and participation of local people was led by Axel Borsdorf and carried out by Andreas Haller. Based at the Institute of Geography, University of Innsbruck, it was gratefully financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) [Project No. P24692] during the period 2012–2016. Individual co-operations included the Applied Geography Research Center, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Hildegardo Córdova Aguilar).

  • Abstract

    The key objectives of the UN-HABITAT Localizing Agenda 21 program, which especially targets secondary cities, include the strengthening of citizen participation in urban environment planning and management. Moreover, the UN-HABITAT/UNEP Sustainable Cities Program aims at participatory problem solving through inclusive processes and propoor governance. Against the background of increasing urban sprawl towards the peripheral surroundings of Andean secondary cities, the United Nations’ goals need to be implemented in sensitive society–environment systems of developing mountain regions: how is rapid urban growth perceived by—possibly reciprocal—periurban agricultural communities? How can these perceptions and assessments be incorporated into the processes of sustainable urban development and hence support planners and policy makers in environmental decision making? For answering these questions, past periurban land changes are (1) analyzed and visualized, (2) assessed by local people and (3) used for the participatory development of future urbanization scenarios.

  • Keywords

    urbanization, rural development, land change, environmental perception


  • Austrian Science Fund (FWF)


  • Financing

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