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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-09-01 - 2023-08-31

EdiCitNet develops a reference framework on nature-based Edible City Solutions (ECS) for inclusive urban regeneration. It draws upon the vast pool of knowledge and practice of these re-conceptualised NBS, prospering to benefit of communities. More food consumed in the city is grown, produced and processed locally will foster social cohesion by encouraging ‘communities of practice’ and reduce the ecological footprint of cities. Planning for and implementing successfully proven ECS enhance overall urban resilience. EdiCitNet builds a constantly self-learning network of cities. The EdiCitNet consortium brings together city authorities, local NGOs, innovative SMEs and research partners from Europe, America, Africa and Asia, thereby laying the basis for a future global market place of ECS.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-04-01 - 2020-09-30

The project ensures - in the sense of a participative action research - the scientific monitoring and documentation of the construction of a network of seed savers for traditional crops of the Alpine region in the municipality of Assling. At the core of the activities is the establishment of a network of gardeners and farmers, who grow traditional crops such as poppy, horse bean, turnips or potatoes, who preserve the local varieties of these crops and pass them on to the community. Since seeds and the associated local knowledge represent both tangible and intangible cultural heritage - comparable to books - the library Assling is closely involved in the project. In the near future it should be possible not only to borrow books in the library Assling, but also seeds of the Assling seed savers network. Anyone who has successfully cultivated and harvested returns part of the harvested seed back to the library in the following year, and shares his or her knowledge of at the library cafe, which also discusses gardening knowledge. The network of Asslinger seed savers is embedded in a series of educational measures. These are intended to increase understanding of the importance of seed saving and to provide the necessary technical skills that are essential for successful seed saving.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-01-01 - 2021-07-31

This research develops scenarios to improve the ecological quality of Urban Agro-Food Systems (UAFS). These scenarios serve as an experimenting and learning tool to initiate a societal discourse on UAFS and to delineate transition pathways for more sustainable UAFS. The scenarios are built around the three sub-systems farming, food processing/transportation and food consumption. Guiding scenarios are: I. Business as usual scenario: current average Austrian diet pattern (91 kg/cap/yr meat; 30y% animal products in caloric intake); global supply. II. Organic / Conventional current diet scenario: 100% organic / 100% conventional food consumption and current diet pattern III. Organic / Conventional low meat diet scenario: 100% organic / conventional farming; 20kg/cap/yr meat consumption The scenarios II and III will be calculated for two spatial variants (food production closest to consumers and food production according to comparative locational advantages). An interdisciplinary model of the UAFS will be designed to calculate and assess the ecological and economic impacts of the different scenarios. The scenario and model development will be accompanied by a transdisciplinary research process, in which the different scenarios and their consequences will be studied and assessed together with relevant stakeholder groups. Transdisciplinary methods will also be used to design transition pathways for each scenario.

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