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.
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.
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.
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.
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.