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New paper: Edible City Solutions

Dr. Ina Säumel and her team have published a new paper introducing the conceptional framework of Edible City Solutions (ECS). It reviews scientific evidence on ECS benefits for urban regeneration through case studies.
A strategic step towards better cities

Nature-based solutions have not been able to actively involve citizens and to address successfully food security, poverty alleviation, and inequality in urban areas. The Edible City approach promises a strategic step towards the development of sustainable, livable, and healthy cities especially through more participation.

The paper introduces the conceptional framework of Edible City Solutions (ECS), including different forms of urban farming combined with closed loop systems for sustainable water, nutrient, and waste management. It reviews scientific evidence on ECS benefits for urban regeneration and describes the status quo of ECS in Rotterdam, Andernach, Oslo, Heidelberg, and Havana as case studies.

The authors provide an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) to explore the capacity of ECS to enhance multifunctionality of urban landscapes with special focus on social cohesion and quality of life. Based on this the they identify and discuss strategies for fostering socially relevant implementations for the case study cities and beyond.

Säumel, I.; Reddy, S. E.; Wachtel, T. (2019): Edible City Solutions—One Step Further to Foster Social Resilience through Enhanced Socio-Cultural Ecosystem Services in Cities. Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 972; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040972


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