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Urban Soil 4 Food

The main objective of the project is the use of urban waste as a resource for the production of soil that will enhance the self-sufficiency of local food supply and reduce the carbon footprint. Urban soil for food begins with the challenge of using urban bio and mineral waste for the production of quality soil that can in turn be used for the production of food, in parks and in the construction industry.

The project is defined by four main interconnected cycles. The material cycle analyses the material flows of waste within the city that can be used for the production of urban soil. The food cycle will transform a portion of unused municipal land into community gardens where agricultural activities will take place and will conclude with the establishment of an urban foodstuffs brand. The open innovation cycle will establish an agricultural-foodstuffs laboratory for the development and testing of innovative pilot concepts such as urban flowers for urban bees, urban micro-gardening and soil rehabilitation in cities coupled with the support for innovative start-ups operating in the area of the circular economy. The knowledge cycle in Slovenia and the EU will share the knowledge generated within the scope of the project and will conclude with the development of certificates and patents that will ensure international recognition for the urban soil technology.

The URBAN SOIL 4 FOOD project is one of the circular economy projects that is co-financed by the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) initiative. The initiative enjoys the support and participation of cities that are eligible for the reception of funds under the initiative. However, the complexity of urban challenges makes it impossible for the cities to work on such projects alone. In order to design and implement effective and innovative solutions, the cities must engage all key interested stakeholders who will bring to bear the required expertise and specific knowledge. These stakeholders are agencies, various organisations, the private sector, research institutions, NGOs, etc. Daring projects namely require all of them.

URBAN SIOL 4 FOOD unites 8 partners that have successfully applied under the European UIA initiative and obtained EUR 3 million worth of grants that they will invest by October 2020 into the development of innovative technologies and the attainment of the set objectives.





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Smart City Initiative Maribor was established for the purpose of activating the sustainable development of the urban environment and for promotion of innovation in Maribor and pilot projects that will enable the activities of smart cities in the deployment of smart services, technologies and products.