EdiCitiNet : Edible Cities Network Integrating Edible City Solutions for social resilient and sustainably productive cities

Project identifier 176-EDICITINET
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2018-09-01
End date 2023-08-31
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Ecological intensification approaches
  • Expansion and improvement of agricultural markets and trade: Bio-economic strategies
  • Agriculture and food systems for nutrition: Improved food value chains
  • Type of Project Development and innovation oriented (research) project
    Programme H2020-EU.3.5.2
    Keyword urban food production; sustainable economy; food production; green business; social cohesion; sustainable cities; material cycles; indoor farming; green facades; social welfare
    Location Tunisia; Togo; Cuba; Uruguay; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Netherlands; Norway; Germany; Spain
    Budget 11 921 625
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Municipality of Rotterdam
  • Andernach City
  • City of Oslo
  • Internationale Bauausstellungen (IBA) Heidelberg
  • Senate Department for Urban Development and Housing
  • City Council of Sant Feliu de llobregat
  • Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
  • Municipality of Šempeter-Vrtojba
  • Municipality of Carthage
  • City of Lomé
  • Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Bundesverband GebäudeGrün (BuGG)
  • Brighton and Hove Food Partnership
  • Solidarity Foundation
  • Transition Oststeiermark
  • Unité Technique du Semide
  • Association la Recherche en Action (REACT)
  • Hidrolab
  • Terra Concordia gemeinnützige GmbH
  • Nabolagshager
  • Nolde & Partner
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Ljubljana
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
  • University of Girona
  • Wageningen University
  • Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
  • Catalan Institute for Water Research
  • Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Europe
  • Peking University
  • Project Web Site https://www.edicitnet.com/
  • Knowledge sharing & Networks for Edible City Solutions (ECS)
  • EdiCitNet Governance Approach and Guidelines Report (D1.1)
  • Description

    The systemic use of urban landscapes for food production is a major step towards more sustainable, liveable and healthier cities. A multitude of initiatives around the World, however fragmented, are prospering, forming a global movement of Edible Cities. Their products, activities and services – the Edible City Solutions (ECS) - empower local communities to overcome social problems by their inclusive and participatory dynamics and to create new green businesses and jobs, and thereby generating local economic growth and fostering social cohesion.

    EdiCitNet will leverage the substantial benefits that ECS effect today at local level and catalyse their replication EU- and world-wide by launching a fully open and participatory network of cities, empowering their inhabitants by a common methodology

    a) to systematically explore the wealth and diversity of existing ECS,

    b) to adapt, plan and implement successfully proven ECS in their specific urban context.

    To make this happen, EdiCitNet will close knowledge gaps in the effective implementation of ECS and their transformation into sustainable, innovative business models. This new insight will feed into a openly shared and globally accessible knowledge base and methodology to enable sustainable and evidence-based integration of ECS into the long-term urban planning of cities covering a large spectrum of urban, climatic, social, environmental and cultural contexts.

    5 Front Runner Cities (FRC), supported by a highly interdisciplinary consortium of city authorities, SME, NGOs and academia, will demonstrate their unique experience with own Living Labs and transfer their knowledge to 7 dedicated Follower Cities (FC), determined to replicate ECS for the benefit of their inhabitants. The carefully selected group of FRC and FC allows to study and monitor implementation in large variety of environments and also ensures truly global outreach with city partners based in Central America, Africa and East Asia