The Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis is implementing an Action Plan for urban agriculture, therefore confirming its commitment to more sustainable agriculture and food, as well as to revitalize the territory.
Tags: Food, urban agriculture, action plan, Marseille metropolis
Create an innovative framework for the development of urban and peri-urban agriculture at the metropolitan level whereas so far, the initiatives in this field have been private initiatives occasionally supported by the the Metropolis, the Department or municipalities.
Project type Urban agriculture
Implementing entity Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis
Funding 2.1 million euros
The acceleration of climate change, the changes in food practices and citizen expectations are pushing the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis to act and rethink the role of agriculture in its urban development.
Urban agriculture is a multi-faceted tool promoting a better inclusion of nature in the city, the access of inhabitants to fresh products, the attractiveness of city-centers and social cohesion within neighborhoods.
The Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis elaborated an Action Plan for urban agriculture to support the development of 100 private and public urban agriculture projects. It was made in synergy with metropolitan strategies. It is part of the broader framework that consists of the Metropolitan Project, adopted in June 2018, the Environmental Agenda presented in December 2018 by the Metropolis and the Department, the Territorial Food Project launched in March 2019 and the Climate-Air-Energy Plan.
The Metropolitan Action Plan includes 3 different axis:
1. Support local production and food
2. Mobilize urban agriculture within the framework of a sustainable city
3. Promote the emergence of an inclusive city
In this context, the metropolis works on the priority needs that were identified, including: securing and facilitating access to land, water price, the adaptation of regulations or improving the coordination between the different stakeholders to encourage the implementation of new projects.
In its first phase of implementation, this plan totals 30 key actions including the implementation of public systems that will benefit the 100 urban agriculture initiatives identified in Marseille, which are still facing administrative and economic difficulties.
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