Dublin/Maynooth 09:00 :: 11th September 2013

11-14 September

Briefing note on COST ACTION UAE Study Meeting Dublin/Maynooth, September 11-14, 2013

Who we are?
COST is an intergovernmental framework for European Cooperation in Science and Technology, enabling the co-ordination of research on a European level, and the development and exchange of ideas and initiatives.

The COST Action TD 1106 Urban Agriculture Europe was established in 2012 and runs until 2016. It includes researchers and practitioners from more than 20 European countries. The objective is to elaborate a European perspective on Urban Agriculture and its potentials for sustainable development according to the Europe 2020 Strategy. To this end the Action will prepare recommendations for improving and advancing European policies. A special emphasis is to be placed on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Key words:
Urban and peri-urban agriculture, sustainability, resilient cities and regions, multifunctional urban landscapes, Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), social inclusion, healthy food.

Members of the network meet at least once per year and the next scheduled meeting is to be hosted by the National University of Ireland Maynooth September 11-14, 2013. As part of the activities organised, approximately 45 academics and practitioners from across Europe will be examining urban and peri-urban agriculture in the Greater Dublin region.

How we define urban agriculture:
We define Urban Agriculture as spanning all actors, communities, activities, places and economies that focus on bio-based production, in a spatial context that, according to local opinions and standards, is perceived as “urban”. Urban Agriculture takes place in intra-urban and peri-urban areas.

Because agricultural production in the urban realm tends to be strongly context related (to local markets, citizens, urban spaces, historical traditions, cultural heritage and so on) Europe’s Urban Agriculture is characterized by a broad variety of types. These types offer a lot of values for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and for job creation as well.

Urban agriculture can contribute to resource efficiency by linking material flows and shortening supply chains esp. production miles (smart growth). Urban agriculture is an excellent tool for building up, designing and maintaining the cities green infrastructure. It can provide urban dwellers with high quality recreational experiences, especially if it is addressed as part of the cities' tangible and intangible cultural heritage (sustainable growth). Urban Agriculture is actually on the agenda of most European cities because it offers among others benefits for health and well-being, food consciousness and food sovereignty, social inclusion and job creation.

Despite its high potentials Urban Agriculture is largely neglected in Europe’s policies and especially in the CAP. This UAE network aims to raise the profile of Urban Agriculture on the European stage by developing a common European approach to urban agriculture among scholars and professionals in the domains of agriculture and urban development that will influence European, national and regional policies on urban agriculture.

Specifically, our objectives are:
To develop a common, specifically European approach to Urban Agriculture
To create an interdisciplinary platform on Urban Agriculture in Europe
To allow knowledge transfer on Urban Agriculture between countries and between research and practice
To inform local and regional policies on Urban Agriculture
To create and enhance expertise on Urban Agriculture in spatial planning
To identify and evaluate economic potentials of Urban Agriculture
To place Urban Agriculture on the CAP agenda

Local meeting organisers:
Professor Mary P. Corcoran or

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