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New developments in the network of edible cities EdiCitNet

Monday, 21 June 2021

The EdiCitNet project, coordinated by the University of Berlin, in which ICRA leads Work Package 2, dedicated to developing the project’s tools, continues to advance to promote a network of edible cities that are more sustainable and more resilient.

The project provides citizens and councils with various tools to facilitate the implementation of solutions based on nature that allow them to face various urban challenges such as climate change, water management and access to green spaces, but which at the same time produce local and quality food.

Thus, citizens can share their urban agriculture projects in an interactive catalog, where they can also learn from other initiatives or obtain a report on how sustainable each shared initiative is. Citizens and councils also have a tool to guide them when designing and planning their solutions. With it, they can see what impacts and co-benefits the planned solutions will have and obtain a detailed report on what resources will be needed to carry them out.

A video game about urban agriculture initiatives
The project has also made available to the Sant Feliu de Llobregat City Council, which is a partner of EdiCitNet, a video game that allows simulating the co-benefits of urban agriculture initiatives based on indicators based on a digital twin of the city Players can build urban agriculture initiatives, urban parks, or demolish buildings, among others, and see what impact their actions have on the ten indicators that the video game calculates. The game was publicly presented at the Ecosystem Services Partnership European conference, specifically at the session dedicated to planning nature-based solutions considering citizens’ preferences.

Collaboration with Menja’t Sant Narcís

Finally, also related in the framework of EdiCitNet and urban agriculture, ICRA has participated as an advisor in the Eat Sant Narcís project, which promotes community gardens in the Sant Narcís neighborhood of Girona. On June 8, the inauguration of the pilot plan was celebrated, carried out in Carrer Roma. The project led by the Girona City Council and the neighborhood associations has been very well received by the inhabitants of Sant Narcís and it is hoped that it can be extended to other streets in the neighborhood.