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Bundesverband GebäudeGrün e.V. (BuGG)
The Bundesverband GebäudeGrün e.V. (BuGG) is the well-established center of knowhow and information of on Green Roof, Façade Greening and Interior Greening topics and technology in Germany.
More than 340 members belong to the BuGG. These include manufacturers, suppliers and distributors active in roof, façade and interior greening, as well as architects and landscape architects, cities and municipalities, universities and institutes, as well as private individuals and students.
Roofs and façades are very important parts of the building. Therefore, we place particular importance on high-quality greening systems, professional application and maintenance and compliance with standards.
Bundesverband GebäudeGrün e.V. (BuGG) is one of the NGOs of EdiCitNet and the expert for building greening. This includes technical and practical knowledge of all aspects which are connected with Green Roofs and Green Façades. In EdiCitNet BuGG will share its knowledge and guide the other participants in installing Green Roofs and Green Façades for urban farming.
mundraub.org is an online platform for all who want to discover local fruits, nuts and herbs in public spaces and help shape the edible landscape worldwide.
More than 70.000 users share POIs, set up planting and harvesting events and share information on everything fruit-related in local groups.
By developing mundraub regions and/or edible districts, mundraub combined the digital aspect with real-life experiences – bicycle tours, harvesting & planting events. This involves preparation, organisation, execution and follow-up activities.
As a social enterprise with an array of business models, mundraub supports the project with its expertise in the field of business model developing and market uptake.
A central part of mundraub is the mundraub map, a mapping tool already serving as an Edible City Solution itself. Our almost ten year knowledge in collecting and visualizing data will aid in creating and visualizing the Edible City Network.
NABOLAGSHAGER is an Oslo-based social enterprise and consultancy kickstarting a transition to a greener and more just society.
Our goal is to promote a shift to sustainability through entrepreneurship and knowledge exchanges. Through local initiatives and international collaborations, we co-create multifunctional bottom-up solutions to urban challenges, such as facilitating green job opportunities for youth, creating rooftop gardens, integrating vulnerable groups, and increasing urban biodiversity.
Key local projects we have initiated include an award-winning rooftop farm, an entrepreneurship program where green jobs and circular economy are co-explored and co-created with local minority youth, and various community gardens and biodiversity-enhancing in public space.
Internationally, we collaborate with partners in academia, business and the public sector across Europe on projects related to urban farming, placemaking, entrepreneurship and the circular economy.
Having extensive experience with the practitioner perspective of edible city solutions, Nabolagshager bridges knowhow from academia and hands-on experience directly from the hands of urban changemakers across Europe.
Locally we work with both the public and private sector to ensure that existing practices and pilot projects move into the mainstream.
To encourage the spreading of good ideas and working solutions, we organize seminars, workshops, guided tours and lectures on timely topics, and host student projects from different faculties and backgrounds. We also use social media extensively as a platform for inspiration for edible city solutions.
Nolde & Partner for innovative water concepts look back on more than 25 years of expertise in the field of sustainable water and wastewater management.
We are specialised in the planning, design and R&D of decentralised wastewater recycling systems, in combination with heat recovery from wastewater in addition to decentralised rainwater management solutions.
For us, wastewater is a source of water, energy and nutrients and therefore an essential component of any Edible City Solution (ECS).
The long-standing experience and research results from the “Waterhouse” will provide quantifiable evidence with regard to the ecological, social and economical impacts of such innovations on the urban environment and will contribute to an efficient water resources management and increased water reuse with the active involvement of stakeholders and end users.
Another challenge would be to look for efficient contracting models to professionally operate and maintain these innovative systems.
The so-called “Waterhouse” in the centre of Berlin is a lighthouse project that demonstrates innovative and sustainable urban water management solutions at a decentralised, local level.
It incorporates household wastewater recycling and reuse in addition to onsite rainwater management.
The Roof Water-Farm project further explores the treated wastewater to produce food (aquaponics and hydroponics) and liquid fertilizer, in addition to the non-potable water reuse in buildings (toilet flushing, irrigation).
The Waterhouse is suited to demonstrating innovative water systems and services for efficient and sustainable water reuse in the city. It improves public awareness and acceptance for resource recycling and acts as a living laboratory for education and research and is frequently visited by researchers, experts and students from all over the world.
The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (UBER) coordinates the project EdiCitNet and is involved in all 9 work packages via the Integrative Research Institute for Transformations of Human Environmental Systems.
UBER is one of Germany’s leading research universities with around 5,000 employees, 35,000 students, and an institutional budget exceeding 250 M€ per year. As one of eleven German universities, the Humboldt-Universität was chosen “University of Excellence” in June 2012. In the Excellence Strategy research competition run by the German federal and state governments 7 Clusters of Excellence of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been approved. As of 2019, the interdisciplinary research projects are each being funded for seven years with up to ten million euros per annum.
In an international comparison, Humboldt- Universität ranks among the top ten of German universities. Scientists here research socially relevant topics and challenges of the future and communicate these with the public. Humboldt-Universität invests all its energy in being a place of excellent research and teaching. Its aim is to promote young talents and to positively influence society and economy outside the university framework.
As academic partner, the Business Management & Organisation (BMO) chair group at Wageningen University & Research takes care of strategic management and monitoring of the EdiCitNet project, stakeholder management and analysis, business model analysis, and business development. It is co-lead for the ‘Spreading the Seeds of Success’ workpackage on consultancy, business development and market uptake of Edible City Solutions (ECS) to drive urban resilience and enable global knowledge sharing. In that role, the BMO group supports edible city startups with tools and strategies for lasting economic, environmental, and social impact, including analysis and further development of P(eople)P(lanet)P(rofit)-layered business model canvasses.
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’. Located in the Netherlands’ ‘Food Valley’ region, a hub for over 15,000 professionals working in food related areas, WUR is dedicated to conducting highly interdisciplinary research and translating knowledge into practice, collaborating with governmental organisations, businesses, and fellow institutions/universities worldwide.
The Business Management & Organisation (BMO) chair group at WUR specialises in understanding and managing innovation, governance and sustainability of agri-food enterprises embedded in the value chain and influenced by the broader network of public and private stakeholders. In a globalising world, where firms face major challenges related to global warming, urbanisation and food security, the chair group provides the knowledge and insights needed to internally organise and govern firms appropriately and for firms to effectively collaborate in chains and networks.
UT SEMIDE is an institutional network of Ministries in charge of inland water of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership countries. It has a core activity on data management for integrated water resources planning. It aims at collecting and facilitating the sharing of information and experiences in the water sector.
UT SEMIDE is part of the Management Committee the Cost Action Circular City and developing the exploitation plan, including business plans for circular economy solutions based on Nature Based Solutions for providing water to local food production.
UT SEMIDE will contribute to monitoring activities on water, environment issues and links with EU policies as well as on business development and market uptake. It will also use its wide network in the Mediterranean for transfer and dissemination as well as to support market uptake.
Some of the best practices of SEMIDE are the development of “Business models for regenerative and nature-based water solutions” in the framework of HYDROUSA project, and the implementation of Sustainable Mediterranean Cities platform to promote the exchange of good practices on water and waste management.
Hidrolab d.o.o. was established in 2009. The basic mission of the company is to provide expert engineering services for designing and consulting in the field of water, drinking water, wastewater and irrigation management, enriched by years of experience and continuous improvement of knowledge.
With state-of-the-art knowledge we connect technical, legal and economic aspects of the complex area of the public utility infrastructure and water management. The company is specialised in storm water, wastewater and drinking water management modelling, with a special emphasis on sustainable use and management and risk prevention.
Proprietary and open source CAD and GIS software is being used to develop and manage complex projects. All the activities are supported by spatial databases with real-time data acquisition and analysis.
We have participated in national and international projects funded within FP6, FP7, Cohesion founds and IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Program.
With our expert knowledge we are actively participating in the development of a comprehensive web-based EdiCitNet toolbox. The company is supporting the transition of the Follower City (municipality) Šempeter-Vrtojba to edible cities by exploiting, utilizing and adapting the experiences from front-runner cities and by implementing a high-benefit nature-based edible city solutions.
We are „Demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions in cities – Nature-based solutions for inclusive urban regeneration” and address societal challenges such as mass urbanization, social inequality and climate change in cities.
As a not for profit organisation that has been working since 2008 at a citywide level on initiatives that use community food growing to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, regenerate areas experiencing anti-social behaviour and improve bio-diversity we are able to offer expertise to other places wishing to do the same . All of this work sits as part of our City Food Strategy, which BHFP wrote so we are also able to offer support / advice about food governance at a city level. We are also happy to work with other initiatives to pilot ideas emerging from the programme.
Brighotn & Hove is a compact city on the south coast of England with a population of 230,00. The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership (BHFP) is a hub for information, inspiration and connection around food. We help people learn to cook, grow food, eat a healthy diet and waste less. We prioritise work with people experiencing deprivation, isolation, poor health and other life challenges. Independent evaluation shows that our work makes lasting changes to habits and behaviours which improve lives. We all eat, and food is central to life’s celebrations and memories – food activities can engage a wide range of people. Our approach uses this power of food to bring about change.
Transition Oststeiermark (TO) is a not-for-profit grassroots NGO that operates in and around Gleisdorf in south-eastern Austria. It was created in 2012 and registered as an association on 30-01-2013. We believe that an environmentally friendly way of life is characterized by improved quality of life, an expanding number of social contacts, and increasing meaningfulness. By engaging citizens in active projects we can stimulate community awareness and create a world that lives in harmony – with nature, and with our fellow human beings, and improves the quality of life for generations to come.
TO is part of the global Transition Towns Network, a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world and achieve a resilient society free of fossil fuels in a planned and smooth way. The idea is to make concrete small steps together in groups to ease the transition.TO consists of people working together in different groups, supporting a repair initiative, planning the erection of PV systems on individual and public houses, and closing resource loops, not least by making settlements edible.
REACT is a sustainable development association with an expertise in the fields of Water management and the integration of non-conventional water (rainwater, wastewater) for optimal use of water resources in arid environment and to achieve zero discharge. The treatment of non-conventional water by nature-based systems (CW) to be in accordance with planned use, health requirements and the reuse of the related nutriments.
Protection of biodiversity while developing and integrating endemic plants into both ecological and production systems. Governance and institutional aspects related to water and health and support to decision-makers and main actors. Moderation, dissemination and awareness-raising among different target groups including young people.
Some of our best practice examples are:
Contribution for the identification of suitable plants for an installed community garden (Project JaCoTuCo Tunis/Cologne).
Creation of micro-reserve for the conservation of Jerba’s heritage species (CEPF project, Jerba).
Elaboration of a charter for the conservation of a strict endemic species / development of Garrat Sajnane (CEPF Project, Save Plants).
Assistance to decision-makers concerning water governance / water code and national health policy (water governance project and social health dialogue).
Awareness and training of young people in the creation of terrariums.
Raising awareness among young people on water management by developing interesting collective games with the collaboration of the City of Science of Tunis (Water Governance Project).
Awareness-raising among decision-makers and the local population on the conservation value of Garaat Sejnene plants (IUCN-Med project).
Our main role in the project is to support the Follower City Carthage with the integration of ECS into urban master plans and the ECS development adapted to specific climatic, social and cultural contexts. This implies the integration of sustainable components on ECS linked to water and biodiversity, co-creation and exchange meetings with main actors as well as the implementation of the Carthage city team, including the awareness-rising, capacity building, dissemination and the sustainability of EdiCitNet achievements.
The UB Solidarity Foundation (FSUB) has a large experience in promoting the social and labor integration of people at risk of social exclusion in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona through social agriculture. FSUB has implemented several social farming projects and has focus its work on the educational, recreational, personal well-being and social functions of the urban gardens.
FSUB also promotes other types of NBS for sustainable development and social resilience in several countries (Senegal, Mauritania and Vietnam). FSUB through its water and environment program aims to contribute to the sustainable water management promotion and has an active role in boosting and implementing nature based technologies (e.g. Constructed wetlands) at international level.
Some of our best practices are Social gardens in the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona in Sant Feliu de Llobregat, providing an occupation to unemployed people in 70 gardens and 3 Plots of 2.300 m2 in Santa Coloma de Gramenet also with unemployed, pensioners and vulnerable groups. In addition, we’ve been taking part in the technical course on urban gardens maintenance, composting and gardening) with ASSÍS Verd Foundation for homeless people, as well as the constructed wetland pilot plant in the Campus of the University Gaston Berger of Saint Louis (Senegal) for wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture.
FSUB provides technical advice to the Follower City of City of Sant Feliu de Llobregat (SFLL) for the planning and implementation of ECS in the municipality. FSUB will facilitate the commitment and citizen involvement in the project and the dynamization of local actors, including the most vulnerable social groups.