The simple and practical approach of the Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) could support simultaneous development of sustainability in urban-centred regions around the world. As described in the Biosphere Eco-City Model, BEC tools are designed to allow people and organizations to build on each other’s experience. Creation of national and international networks would allow urban-centred regions to share information on sustainability. The flow would not be one-way either. Many good ideas would come from poorer cities, where environmental and human problems make them important testing areas. Cities that are already part of international urban programs – there are many – would be useful parts of national or international BEC networks. They could continue to benefit from those programs, while sharing ideas and results through the BEC framework.
The sustainability of urban-centred regions needs to grow in all parts of the world. This would reduce the suffering caused by current forms of urban growth and help protect the Biosphere. A good way to share the simple and practical approach of the Biosphere Eco-City (BEC) model would be to develop national and international networks. If different urban-centred regions adopted the key elements of BEC, they would provide the basis of an international framework and could exchange useful information. This might happen through a shared Database of Sustainability Projects. But reports from Demonstration Projects and other BEC activities could also be shared.
We should not assume that good ideas would usually travel from wealthier to poorer cities. Just as practical approaches to sustainability will often be transferred from rural to urban parts of a Biosphere Eco-City, so too will many realistic and useful ideas flow from poorer cities to wealthier. Biosphere Eco Cities are ongoing demonstration areas for sustainability and some of the best testing areas will be the places of greatest need.
Many cities around the world are involved in urban sustainability programs. As discussed under the Biosphere Eco-City Model, BEC elements are Simple, Comparable and Affordable. BEC complements other programs and could support sharing of ideas and techniques among those programs. For example, an “Agenda 21 City” could maintain the status and connections of that large international network, yet add a rural component and create a Biosphere Eco-City as well. It could then share share information with any urban area applying the BEC model.
Volunteers in Ottawa would be pleased to share their experience in development of a Biosphere Eco-City with other cities in Canada and in other countries. If you would like to discuss the development of a Biosphere Eco-City pilot project in your city, click Contact Us.