Eutropian’s Giovanni Pagano attended the Edible City Network Conference in Barcelona, titled Advancing the Edible City: Ideas, Practices and Systems, which took place from 15-17 March, a significant component of the EU-funded Edible Cities Network project. The project aims to explore urban food innovations and their potential in fostering greener, more inclusive, and environmentally resilient cities. The conference was co-organised and hosted by RMIT University, the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona, and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, aimed to bring together experts, practitioners, and scholars to share ideas, practices, and systems that can contribute to the realisation of edible cities.
During his participation in the Edible City Network Conference in Barcelona, Giovanni had the opportunity to delve into Barcelona’s food strategies. Specifically, he explored the metropolitan strategies for sustainable food production and consumption, he familiarised himself with the Nature Plan 2021-2030 and the Urban Agriculture Strategy 2019-2030, both significant initiatives shaping the city’s approach to food and urban development.
To bridge the gap between strategies and practice, field visits were organised, giving opportunities for conference participants to witness and experience real-life applications of the policy documents. Giovanni visited Jardins del Doctor Pla I Armengol, a new green space, previously closed to the public, that includes urban allotments and is a cornerstone in the Ciutadella-Collserola green corridor. Another fascinating site visit was to Can Masdeu and its community gardens, a project that has attempted to recover the valley as an agricultural and social space, which is managed as commons since 2001.
Stay tuned for Giovanni’s article on Cooperative City about Barcelona’s food system and policies!