First Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Forum in the Mediterranean


| Subject: International Relations

The European SIDIG-MED project meets in Barcelona

Horts urbans
Urban gardens
On 7 and 8 June 2015 the First Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Forum in the Mediterranean was held, organised by the AMB as part of the European SIDIG-MED project and the ENPI CBC MED programme.

The conference was attended by technicians from the metropolitan area and enabled a deeper exploration of urban agriculture, giving particular importance to its social component.

In recent years, agriculture has often been considered a residual activity in respect to the different processes of urbanisation and industrialisation. However, in recent times its environmental, social and economic benefits have become increasingly apparent.

In particular, it is becoming clear that urban and peri-urban agriculture is an effective tool for combatting poverty and social exclusion.

Prior to this, on 6 and 7 June, as part of the project's activities, the Aplec d'Agricultura Urbana (Urban agriculture gathering) was held in order once again to influence the creation of a network for effective working between practitioners and defenders of urban agriculture. Technical visits were made to different types of urban gardens,  such as the Gardenyes and Germanetes in Sarrià, the garden of the houses in Vallcarca and the garden in Can Mestres in Zona Franca.

The UPA Mediterranean Forum included representatives from different cities on both sides of the Mediterranean: Tangier and Chefchaouen in Morocco, Amman through the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan, Marseille, Rome, Sousse and Sfax in Tunisia, and Dannieh, Tripoli, Jezzine and Sidon (Saida) in the Lebanon.

Programme of the meeting


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