Exploring the Contribution of Urban Farming to Urban Renewal and Climate Resilience: A Case Study of Colombo City, Sri Lanka


  • Chameera Udawattha Department of Estate Management and Valuation, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka




Colombo, Sri Lanka, has embarked on a journey to integrate urban farming into its urban renewal efforts in response to pressing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and resource management issues. Urban farming, characterized by innovative technologies and sustainable practices, offers a multifaceted solution to these urban challenges. This research study centers on three primary objectives. Firstly, it assesses the feasibility and impact of implementing urban farming within Colombo's underutilized spaces, considering economic, social, and environmental dimensions. Secondly, it explores the integration of sustainable technologies such as dynamic lighting and rainwater harvesting into urban farming practices to reduce carbon emissions and enhance climate resilience. Lastly, the study emphasizes community engagement by developing educational tools and business models that align with Colombo's sustainable development goals. The findings indicate that urban farming can serve as a catalyst for addressing Colombo's urban challenges, including food security, waste management, and community well-being. By leveraging sustainable technologies and fostering community involvement, Colombo aims to revitalize its urban landscape while strengthening its resilience to climate change, setting an example for other cities facing similar issues.