The 6th International Conference Jabodetabek Study Forum
The development of megacities, particularly in Asia, has come to new challenges as population growth and physical expansion have occurred at unprecedented scale. Besides urban population which is predicted surpassing the rural population in the near future (UNDP, 2014), the expansion of urban fabric has been extended toward small-middle cities, towns, rural zones, and even natural protected areas over coastal, lowland, and upland areas (Elmqvist et al., 2013). This leads to number of consequences that never been faced before either at the local or global level. At the global level, the expanding megacities has escalated emission, pollutant, waste, land use changes, etc. that considerably contribute to global climate change. On the other hand, continuing accumulation of people, infrastructures, and investment have risked regional and global economy as nowadays they are getting exposed to rising natural hazards such as flood, drought, landslides, etc. At the local level, common urban issues such as rural-urban migration, urban poverty, urban informality, congestion, gentrification, criminality, and environmental degradation are getting harder to be handled due to their increasing magnitude.
To dealing with this problem, defining urban as a distinguished region from rural and natural protected areas is no longer appropriate. Expanding megacities has covered urban and rural areas as well as coastal to upland areas and it shows no sign of stopping. Therefore, there is a need to develop new planning and management approaches based on recent developed data and technology to enhance urban-rural as well as upland-coastal connectivities in areas that experiencing expanded urbanization. This conference aims to build a milestone for planning urbanizing world to achieve sustainability by sharing ideas, experiences, and knowledges among experts, planners, government, researchers, practitioners, students, and other related participants.
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