Urban Gardening: Urban green spaces for social and economic resilience

Review of the virtual expert exchange, 22nd September 2020

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Connective Cities, together with partners from 5 districts of Berlin/Germany and other 10 municipalities in 6 countries, had prepared a dialogue event on Urban Gardening in Berlin from April 22nd to 24th. Due to travel and contact restrictions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was unfortunately postponed until the first half of 2021.

A virtual exchange was prepared together with the original participants on September 22, with the aim of bringing together the participants of the dialog event to discuss aspects of urban gardening, the relation between Covid-19 and urban gardening policies and challenges, as well as to warm-up for the next year`s dialog event.

The exchange focused on the role of urban gardening in building social resilience and included three input presentations that inspired rich discussions. Dr. Carolin Mees was the keynote speaker and shared her experiences with urban gardening development and policies in New York City. She was followed by Paul Yeboah, who presented a good practice from Ghana. A civil society project called “Ghana Permaculture Urban Garden Project” to promote sustainable urban gardening and food production in the municipality of Techiman. The third contribution was provided by Cornelia Mirke from the Berlin district of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf with a beautifully produced short documentary on the history and current role of urban gardens in the district.

The documentary can be watched under the following link:

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