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EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks #1: Integrating Edible City Solutions in Southern China - Best Practices from Guangzhou

By Marisa
EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks #1: Integrating Edible City Solutions in Southern China - Best Practices from Guangzhou
Thursday, January 13 2022
12:00 to 13:00

Different continents - same challenges! Let's learn from each other!


Edible City Solutions such as urban farms, community gardens, urban beehives or sheep farms, green facades and high-tech indoor farming, have a multitude of benefits for cities - from addressing local food security to boosting a sustainable green economy, improving biodiversity and enhancing social cohesion by bringing communities together to garden, harvest and share public space. 

How can we ensure that sustainable urban food measures like these are successfully integrated into the fabric of our cities now and into the future?

Although local political, economic and climatic conditions vary widely around the world, cities and independent urban food initiatives often face the same challenges when it comes to implementing these kinds of sustainable solutions, including how to access to available land, how to develop viable long-term implementation and management strategies, and how to successfully balance conflicting interests.

In the bi-monthly webinar series EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talks we are exploring experiences from different countries around the world: challenges, opportunities and best practice cases for greener, more liveable and more edible cities.

EdiCitNet partner city, Guangzhou, has successfully embedded urban agriculture into its city landscape, and in this first webinar, the Guangzhou City Team will join us to explain more about their city's approach.

EdiCitNet Global Lunch Talk #1: Integrating Edible City Solutions in Southern China - Best Practices from Guangzhou

Together with other metropolitan areas located in the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone, the city forms part of one of the largest metropolitan agglomerations in the world (ca. 45 million inhabitants).

Today, meeting the daily food needs of the growing population and ensuring access to safe food constitute important challenges in the city. A growing interest in increased quality of life, in the context of growing population density, particularly in central parts of the city, the loss of green spaces in the city centre, reduced levels of biodiversity and increasing exposure to heavy rainfall and typhoons, have added to a growing interest in exploring the multi-faceted benefits that urban agriculture could provide.

The Guangzhou City Team, which includes representatives from government agencies and specifically municipal community engagement teams, research institutions and a design agency, is envisioned as a policy research and planning team that aims to effectively promote Edible City Solution planning projects. The main objectives of the City Team are to promote safe, stable and efficient food supply in the city, and to encourage community-based public participation in urban food planning.

This webinar will last 1 hour and consist of a presentation by the Guangzhou City Team followed by an open Q&A session.





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