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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-04-01 - 2022-03-31

In the farming region of Eastern Austria, an operational group (OG) consisting of organic farmers, consultants, scientists, stakeholders, as well as partners from the economy is to be established on the topic of water-saving organic agriculture. The objective is to test strategies for adaptation to climate change in agriculture. These strategies include adapted conservation tillage (no-till methods, crops: maize, soybean), the use of farm crops as transfer mulch (to maize, potatoes), and the comparison of fertilization systems as well as testing various tillage techniques (cultivator vs. plow) in a long-term trial. These strategies make a significant contribution to adaption to climate change and to mitigate climate change-related water scarcity. In addition to soil and plant-based results, this study also provides insights into the labor and economic impacts for each farm.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-02-01 - 2021-01-31

Wild food gathering was repeatedly found to be one of the most popular outdoor activities in Europe and the commercialization of wild foods is increasingly discovered as bearing significant economic potential. Wild foods are marketed as innovative and trendy products bearing exceptional health benefits and unique flavors and about 100 million EU citizens were estimated to consume wild foods. Urban and suburban areas have high potential for commercializing but also sourcing wild foods but concerns of overexploitation of urban green spaces and unsustainable gathering practices has arisen. Such concerns are hardly ever backed up with scientific evidence about the potential and limits for sustainable harvesting in urban areas. This research project aims to counteract this gap of knowledge and aims to understand the ecological and socio-political sustainability of wild food gathering in urban areas. Research is guided by the overarching research question ‘How sustainable is gathering wild foods in urban areas?’, which is investigated through adapting a conceptual framework for sustainable gathering so far used in rural areas of countries in the global south. Investigating sustainable gathering in urban areas in Europe is innovative from the ground up. It fosters the sustainable provision, processing and consumption of local resources, as supported by the concept of bioeconomy, and the attainment of the UN Sustainable development goals 11 and 12. Research is conducted in Vienna, Austria, along a sequential exploratory mixed-methods design. Semi-structured expert interviews with 30 local experts for wild food gathering, are followed-up with several hundred face-to-face surveys with urban gatherers in eight gathering hotspots in urban and suburban green spaces.
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.

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