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Green Food from Green Roofs in Cairo, Egypt

The challenge of securing food for a rapidly growing and urbanised population puts a strain on water resources, land use & agriculture. The Green Food from Green Roofs programme aimed to stimulate urban agriculture in Cairo (Egypt), the largest city in the Mediterranean region, by showing the potential for rooftop gardening. Through pilot projects, and by raising consumer awareness and providing support (advise/consultancy) to locals, the project showed how fresh and healthy food can be grown very efficiently in urban areas, saving water, energy and land.

Metro Vancouver’s Regional Food System Strategy

Metro Vancouver developed a Regional Food System Strategy (RFFS), with the aim of developing a sustainable, resilient and healthy food system. By setting up a public-private partnership and setting up synergies between the individual local governments, the RFFS aims to deliver benefit for residents, support to business and protection of the natural environment. This holistic approach considers the role of stakeholders across the entire food system.

The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) for systemic regional development

The Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines (RPGs) are a policy framework by the Mid-West Regional Authority in Ireland, aiming to foster holistic regional development based on sustainability criteria (i.e. environmental, economic and social) criteria. The RPGs include a methodology for evidence-based policy making and consensus on decisions around potentially conflicting issues, such as land use and agriculture, urban infrastructure (water, electricity, etc), transportation routes and so on. 

Online information sharing platform for sharing land, skills and tools to grow food.

www.landshare.net is an online networking tool for citizens interested in land sharingskills sharing and resource sharing to grow food. The platform aims at promoting information sharing of resources and the skills needed to produce food in schools, businesses, hospitals and churches in the United KingdomAustralia and Canada.

Restorative greenhouse solution converting saltwater into fresh water through evaporation

Farming in arid regions has so far been troublesome due to lack of fresh water. With a new design of greenhouses which incorporates desalination of saltwater through evaporation, a sustainable solution for growing crops in hot and dry climates is provided.