GARDENISER PRO goes to RU:RBAN

Feb
21
February 21, 7:30 am
Where

Risorse per Roma
Piazzale degli Archivi 76
Rome (Italy)

Where

Risorse per Roma
Piazzale degli Archivi 76
Rome (Italy)

During the first edition of GARDENISER project, in Italy a fruitful cross-fertilization with SIDIG-MED project has been realised. While the ENPI programme was promoting exchanges between public authorities on the GOVERNANCE aspect of urban and peri-urban agriculture phenomena, under LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME the civic society was focusing on QUALITY in community urban gardens. Common dissemination activities and further reflections were made, bringing the City of Rome to be prized by the European Commission as Urban resilience BEST PRACTICE in Europe.
A specific programme in Europe is promoting RESILIENCE among municipalities and EXCHANGES of good practices: URBACT. The Municipality of Rome is currently leading the second phase of RU:RBAN, an Urbact project that involves France (city of Caen), Greece (city of Thessaloniki), Lithuania (city of Vilnius), Poland (city of Kraków), Portugal (city of Loures) and Spain (city of A Coruña). RU:URBAN focuses on urban regeneration and proposes models of redevelopment and social inclusion through urban gardens. The project received a grant of € 600,000 by the European Territorial Cooperation framework for sustainable and integrated urban development. The mission of the project consists not only in raising the capacity of citizens to organise and manage urban gardens, but also in helping local governments to draft their own Regulation of Urban Gardens at local level.
3 main focus areas of common reflection and development has been spotlighted in the RU:URBAN project, thanks to a continuous consultation with the Urban Local Group of citizens involved in Urban Gardens, established in each country: GOVERNANCE, CAPACITY BUILDING and TRAINING.
All the 3 areas have a common denominator: the Gardeniser. The professional profile promoted by Erasmus+ VET project GARDENISER PRO and its glossary merge completely in RU:RBAN. The training fields present in the Gardeniser pro training course are evidently underlining the functions and responsibilities of the Gardeniser in facilitating governance in the relationship between urban gardens and institutions, and in fostering the capacity building among gardeners, seeing the urban garden as actor of social change in the society.
Replay Network, in Italy, has received the mandate by the RU:RBAN project to organise and run 3 training days, one in Rome (Italy), one in Caen (France) and one in Loures (Portugal), to facilitate the transfer of innovation among the 2 projects. In these 3 events, municipality officers and urban gardeners are taking part to a training session completely dedicated to understanding the values, content and skills that Gardeniser pro project attributes to the PROFESSIONAL PROFILE of a GARDENISER. The implementation of some of the activities developed in Gardeniser pro’s Training for Gardenisers (Intellectual Output 2) are finally combined with the approach of the Training for Trainers (Intellectual Output 1), sorting out an interactive training intervention, aimed at:
- raising awareness about the profile of the Gardeniser
- developing the capacity to recognize gardeners able to cope with this role
- foster the ability of public bodies to recognize the potentiality of the role of the Gardeniser, and to support its action in the logic of a common growth
Last February 2019, the first training day in Rome took place involving the public officers of the 7 municipalities and it has been a success. All the cities are very interested to follow the development of Gardeniser pro project; some of them are interested to take part as observers or to send one local gardener to take part to the National Trainings for Gardenisers, implemented in this semester by the partners of Gardeniser pro. A wider perspective is now opened for the Gardeniser pro project. Next edition of the training day under RU:RBAN will be in France, where all the work on the profile of Gardeniser has started in 2012. Stay tuned!