Sustainable urbanisation is the need of the hour

  • | Friday | 14th February, 2020

By Express News ServiceKOCHI: Coastal zones, freshwater bodies and arable land across the globe suffer from ‘fertility paradox’, says professor Rob Roggema, Spatial Transformations and Design Expert, Sustainable Urbanism, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands. He was addressing the International Conference on Impact of Climate Change on Hydrological Cycle, Ecosystem, Fisheries and Food Security (ClimFishCon 2020) at Le Meridian Convention Centre, Kochi. Dr B Madhusoodana Kurup, founder vice-chancellor, KUFOS and Organizing Chairman, ClimFishCon, said that preserving wetlands need a paradigm shift in conservation ethics, for the resource, by its very nature is ‘conserved and protected’. While water is life, wetlands that receive water and waste from upstream sources are regarded as ‘kidneys of landscape’. “Scientific studies invariably show that human activities have significantly contributed to climate change and global warming.

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