Urban Agriculture Practices as Initiatives for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change: Possibilities for Urban Farms in a South American City

  • Ana Valquiria Jonck
  • João Marcelo Pereira Ribeiro
  • Issa Ibrahim Berchin
  • Francesca Chaher Perini
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade GuerraEmail author
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Urbanization has become one of the main challenges of modern societies. Therefore, transforming urban areas to sustainable environments is strategic for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Florianópolis—the case of this study—is a South American city that in the next 30 years will double its population, the city already suffers from bad urban management, therefore solutions that combine social, environmental and economic aspects are necessary for achieving sustainable development. The city has begun some programs for urban agriculture and greater efforts are possible. Today, urban agriculture can provide ways of increasing community integration, decreasing greenhouse gases emissions, improving the urban waste management and revitalizing the local economy. This paper highlights urban agriculture practices applied in different cities of the world and how they relate with the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting an exchange of ideas and experiences among researchers, the community and the local government.


Urban agriculture Sustainable development Cities Sustainable development goals 



The authors would like to thank Kirsten Ann Conrad e George Gabriel for their contributions in the revision of this paper This study was conducted by the Research Centre on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (Greens), from the University of Southern Santa Catarina (Unisul), in the context of the projects: Building Resilience in a Dynamic Global Economy: Complexity across scales in the Brazilian Food-Water-Energy Nexus (BRIDGE)), funded by the Newton Fund, Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa e Inovação do Estado de Santa Catarina (FAPESC) and the Research Councils United Kingdom (RCUK).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Valquiria Jonck
    • 1
  • João Marcelo Pereira Ribeiro
    • 1
  • Issa Ibrahim Berchin
    • 1
  • Francesca Chaher Perini
    • 1
  • José Baltazar Salgueirinho Osório de Andrade Guerra
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Universidade do Sul de Santa CatarinaCentro, FlorianópolisBrazil

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