The Security of Water, Food, Energy and Liveability of Cities

Challenges and Opportunities for Peri-Urban Futures

  • Basant Maheshwari
  • Ramesh Purohit
  • Hector Malano
  • Vijay P. Singh
  • Priyanie Amerasinghe

Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 71)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hector Malano, B. Maheshwari, Vijay P. Singh, Ramesh Purohit, P. Amerasinghe
      Pages 3-10
    3. Hector Malano, Meenakshi Arora, K. Rathnayaka
      Pages 11-26
  3. Urbanisation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Edwin Akonno Gyasi, Gordana Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Mathias Fosu, Adelina Maria Mensah, Gerald Yiran, Issahaka Fuseini
      Pages 87-97
  4. Water and Energy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Mansour Esfandiari-Baiat, Zahra Barzegar, Lotfollah Yousefi, Basant Maheshwari
      Pages 101-112
    3. Zhifang Wu, Jennifer McKay, Ganesh Keremane
      Pages 137-150
  5. Wastewater

  6. Urban Agriculture

  7. Future of Peri-Urban Landscapes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Mamadou Khouma, Yacine Ndour, Marie Sophie Ndong, Youga Niang, Mouhamadou Dial, Idy Niang et al.
      Pages 341-354
    3. Lu Aye, Bandara Nawarathna, Biju George, Sudeep Nair, Hector Malano
      Pages 355-363
    4. Satya Prakash Mehra, Sarita Mehra, Krishan Kumar Sharma
      Pages 403-418
    5. Jacqueline Williams, Paul Martin
      Pages 435-447
    6. Brian Davidson, Hector Malano, Petra Hellegers, Biju George, Bandara Nawarathna
      Pages 463-474
    7. Vijay P. Singh, Basant Maheshwari
      Pages 475-485
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 487-489

About this book


The population of cities around the world is growing at an alarming rate, and as a result the landscapes of most cities are going through enormous changes. In particular, fertile agricultural lands at the periphery of cities are being developed without consideration of holistic planning. As such, peri-urban areas, zones of transition from rural to urban land uses located between the outer limits of the urban and the rural environment are experiencing significant losses of agricultural land, increased runoff, and water quality degradation. Concurrently, the demands for water, food and energy are increasing within cities, and unless a balance is struck the liveability of these cities will soon be compromised. The current water and land use changes have serious consequences on lifestyle, environment, health and overall well-being of urban communities. This book therefore helps readers to understand the current issues and challenges and examines suitable strategies and practices to cope with current and future pressures of urbanisation and peri-urban land-use changes.

The book examines a number of critical aspects in relation to the future of cities and peri-urban regions, including the suitability of policies and institutions to sustain cities into the future; impact of current trends in land use change, population increase and water demand; long term planning needs and approaches to ensure the secured future for generations ahead; and strategies to adapt the cities and land uses so that they remain viable and liveable.

The readership of the book will include policy makers, urban planners, researchers, post-graduate students in urban planning and environmental and water resources management and managers in municipal councils.


Food, Water and Energy Security in Urban Areas Land Use Planning Liveability in Cities Peri-urban Managemet Sustainability of Cities

Editors and affiliations

  • Basant Maheshwari
    • 1
  • Ramesh Purohit
    • 2
  • Hector Malano
    • 3
  • Vijay P. Singh
    • 4
  • Priyanie Amerasinghe
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Science & HealthUniversity of Western SydneyPenrithAustralia
  2. 2.Colleges of Technology and Agricultural EngineeringMaharana Pratap University of Technology and AgricultureUdaipurIndia
  3. 3.Department of Infrastructure EngineeringUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Zachry Department of Civil EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  5. 5.International Water Management Institute, Hyderabad OfficeIndia

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