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Webinar Series – EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks

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Urban farms, community gardens, city beehives and edible green facades help cities address local food security challenges, boost a sustainable green economy, improve biodiversity and enhance social cohesion by bringing communities together to garden, harvest and share public space. 

How can we ensure that sustainable urban food measures like these are successfully integrated
into our cities now and into the future?

Although local political, economic and climatic conditions vary widely around the world, cities and independent urban food initiatives often face the same challenges when it comes to implementing these kinds of sustainable solutions, including how to access to available land, how to develop viable long-term implementation and management strategies, and how to successfully balance conflicting interests.

Join our bitesize (!) hour-long, lunchtime webinars, the EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks, to explore experiences and insights, challenges, opportunities and best practice cases from different countries around the world.

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EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #7

Community Building and Social Programming for Edible City Solutions

14th September 2022


Through an inspiring lunchbreak webinar we will go on a journey exploring different projects in urban agriculture that place strong emphasis on implementing a social programming for their site – creating an enjoyable and attractive place where a sense of community is cultivated alongside tomatoes, herbs and salad greens.

We will see examples of how edible cities can make use of complementary tools that are more commonplace in urban planning, community building and participatory strategies, and that can help to strengthen the social impact. The webinar will show practical and hands-on examples of how we, by connecting edible city strategies with placemaking strategies, can create urban diversity that englobes flora, fauna and people, leading to higher community engagement and more social resilience as well as having a positive ecological impact, highlighted by recent examples from Stensparken Community Garden in Oslo.


  • Welcome (5 min)
  • Introduction to the EdiCitNet project (5 min)
  • Presentation by Helene Gallis (25 min)
  • Open discussion (25 min)

Are you already part of a community garden or planning to start one? This webinar is for all urban agriculture enthusiasts who are also willing to boost the social aspect of the projects they are involved with.

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EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #6

Closed-Loop Urban Farming – Recycling Water & Reclaiming Nutrients

7th July 2022


For urban food production and the environment to go hand in hand, it’s important to consider the resources used (water, nutrients, energy, etc) and look for ways to reduce their use by closing loops. This webinar will explore the technological potentials of closed-loop urban agriculture and also present existing examples of technical approaches that are already working well around the world. 

In the second half of the webinar, participants are invited to introduce their own urban food production activities and ask for support and advice from the presenters. Based on each case, Erwin Nolde and Martin Regelsberger will suggest practical ways in which resources could be sustainably recycled and reused, closing loops and protecting the environment.

For those who have one, let us know a little bit about your urban agriculture or urban food project when signing up! 


  • Welcome (5 min)
  • Potential of and Approaches to Reclaiming Water, Nutrients and Further Resources (8 min)
  • Concrete Examples (12 min)
  • Discussion, Examples from Participants (35 min) 

Past webinars

EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #1

Integrating Edible City Solutions in Southern China – Best Practices from Guangzhou

13th January 2022

EdiCitNet partner city, Guangzhou, has successfully embedded urban agriculture into its city landscape, and in collaboration with the EdiCitNet Project, the Guangzhou City Team has developed an Edible City Masterplan that aims to take that good work one step further. Together with other metropolitan areas located in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, the city of Guangzhou forms part of one of the largest metropolitan agglomerations in the world (ca. 45 million inhabitants). 

Today, meeting the daily food needs of the growing population and ensuring access to safe food constitute important challenges in the city. A growing interest in increased quality of life, in the context of growing population density, particularly in central parts of the city, the loss of green spaces in the city centre, reduced levels of biodiversity and increasing exposure to heavy rainfall and typhoons, have added to a growing interest in exploring the multi-faceted benefits that urban agriculture could provide.

The Guangzhou City Team, which includes representatives from government agencies and specifically municipal community engagement teams, research institutions and a design agency, is envisioned as a policy research and planning team that aims to effectively promote Edible City Solution planning projects. Focusing on a area in the south of the city, the Guangzhou City Team is working together – and with local people on the ground – to come up with even more practical and concrete ideas for how to bring the local population closer to the food they eat and make the city greener, more sustainable and more edible. In this webinar, they tell us more about their proposals.

EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #2

Making Cities Edible With Building-Integrated Agriculture

9th March 2022

Building-integrated urban agriculture – like rooftop farms and edible green facades – offer cities a range of ecological, socio-cultural as well as economic benefits. But what needs to be done to get the city on board? In this 2nd webinar the EdiCitNet project will be exploring legislative and political barriers , but also chances and opportunities. Looking at Germany – and internationally – what can cities and individuals do to support the spread of building-integrated agriculture? 

In this webinar we hear from green building experts Rebecca Gohlke and Felix Mollenhauer from Bundesverband GebäudeGrün e.V. (German Association of Building Greening).

Bundesverband GebäudeGrün e. V. (BuGG) operates both as a professional organisation and an advocacy group for companies, communities, universities, organisations and all parties interested in building greening. BuGG deals with all aspects of building greening, i.e. green roofs, green walls, interior greening and further building structures.  Roof gardens, roof farms and edible green walls are part of nature-based ECS that offer ecological, socio-cultural as well as economic benefits.  

EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #3

Applying and Intersectional Gender Lens in Urban Food Systems Planning

24th March 2022

Gender and our food system are inextricably linked. As well as there being barriers to participation in food value chains due to socially determined identities, roles, rights and obligations of women and men, there are also structural inequalities embedded in the system.

The majority of the work carried out to address gender inequalities in the food system has so far focused on rural areas, but there are also gendered disparities in urban food systems, which have remained neglected by those people involved in urban planning.

In this EdiCitNet Lunch Talk, Dr Jess Halliday, Senior Associate RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems talks about the challenges and potentials of applying an intersectional gender lens in urban food systems planning, as well as showcasing some best practice examples from around the world.

EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #4

(Up)scaling (Edible) Nature-Based Solutions – Experiences, Opportunities & Challenges

16th May 2022

In cities, nature-based solutions are actions and policies that use the power of nature to help tackle environmental and social challenges, helping us to mitigate and adapt to climate change and providing benefits to people and nature. But how can urban nature-based solutions be (up)scaled in order to accelerate their uptake and use by actors across society and in countries and cities across the globe?

In this webinar we hear from four EU-funded H2020 projects all exploring urban nature-based solutions – EdiCitNet, URBiNAT, proGIreg and CLEVER CIities – as they discuss and reflect on their own experiences and strategies for (up)scaling nature-based solutions within their projects.

Download the presentations from: EdiCitNet,URBiNAT, proGIreg & CLEVER Cities.

EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #5

“Food Connects Us”: How to Join Forces with City Authorities for More Social, Edible Cities

17th May 2022


The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and waste less food. They run their own community kitchen, act as a connecting hub for citizens looking to volunteer in community gardens and community food projects, support food banks and help to tackle food waste through a range of different programmes.

The organisation believes that good food is a right for all, brings power and energy to everyone and is a joy to be shared. In this webinar they explore why food is such a meaningful area for cross-city and cross-sectoral partnership, and share how they’ve used food as a galvanising force to build up a close working relationship with their local authority. They reflect on the advantages and challenges of having a non-governmental organisation working closely with the local authority around issues of food, as well as sharing some practical tips for other NGOs looking to build up alliances around food.