The IGU Commission Conference Global Rural Development and Land Capacity Building

August 26-29, 2017
Yulin, Shaanxi, China


The IGU Commission Conference

Global Rural Development and Land Capacity Building

August 26-29, 2017, Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, China

(Second-round announcement)

Organized by:

International Geographic Union (IGU) Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering;

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS);

Beijing Normal University.

Co-organized by:

Journal of Rural Studies; Journal of Geographical Sciences; Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS;

The Geographical Society of China; Yulin Municipal Government; Yulin University;

Academician & Expert Workstation of Yulin University, Yulin Academy of Agricultural Sciences;

Key Laboratory of Degraded and Unused Land Consolidation Engineering (KLLCE), Ministry of Land and Resources of China (MLR)

Rural decline has inevitably accompanied the increasing global levels of urban development. Issues such as rural depopulation, industrial recession, problems of agricultural security and abandoned land have swept both developing and developed countries. As a result, the development capacity of villages has fallen and threatened their sustainability and resilience. Changing socioeconomic and climate conditions pose great challenges to global food security, rural sustainability and poverty reduction.

The transformation of human socio-economic activities associated with rural decline also exert further impacts on land use changes in these areas, such as farmland loss, land use inefficiency and abandoned residential land. Thus, the enhancement of land capacity plays an important role in coordinating the human-land relationship and sustaininging rural development and food security globally. The conference "Global Rural Development and Land Capacity Building" aims to analyse rural decline and investigate the relationship between rural transformation and land use with a view to contributing to sustainable agriculture and rural development. This conference is the inaugural conference of the IGU Commission on Agricultural Geography and Land Engineering which was formally estabilished in late 2016.

The conference will include plenary, oral, and poster sessions. The topics of the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Rural transformation and restructuring
  • Rural diversity and development modes
  • Rural economy, rural spaces and globalization
  • Land engineering and modern agriculture
  • Land consolidation and rural reconstruction
  • Rural hollowing and land system innovation
  • Poverty reduction and rural inclusive growth
  • Rural environment and clean production