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Municipality of Rome – Urban social agriculture – SidigMed project report

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Between 6th and 8th of April 2016 the final event of ENPI CBCMED SIDIGMED project took place in Rome, Italy. It was aimed at summarising coordinators’ and partners’ previous actions, experiences and deliverables whilst sharing them with a wider audience.

The event started on Wednesday 6th April with a conference in the picturesque and full of greenery Casa del Giardinaggio. The participants had an opportunity to listen to numerous interesting presentations about the significance of social inclusion with a help of urban social agriculture. During the conference’s four parts – Market place, Capitalization, Peer review and Lessons learned – project managers from Italy, Jordan, Tunisia and Spain briefed on their work and activities as well as obstacles and issues they encountered during the implementation of the project in their countries.

The following day of the final event began in Villa Glori, a historical park located in district II of the city of Rome, which is a home to Caritas Roma patients suffering from various diseases. Thanks to SIDIGMED project, a social therapeutic garden was founded in these premises. During their short speeches, the president of the district Giuseppe Gerace and a representative of Caritas Roma expressed their gratitude and pride of the garden’s presence in Villa Glori. ‘We cannot articulate how thankful and lucky we feel for this garden here. We would like to thank all the partners, who made it possible to happen’ – the president stated. After a lunch break, the project’s coordinators met in Rome’s Capitol for a Steering Committee session.

The last point of the programme was another SIDIGMED project’s pilot site visit in Casa del Parco della Riserva Naturale dell’Aniene on Friday 8th April. The participants were informed of the long-term relationship between district IV of the city of Rome, where the urban gardens will be founded, and nature, which makes this area a perfect location for such initiative. The big plot of land, currently under preparation for cultivation, will be finished by the end of April 2016 and will include facilities for disabled people. It will then be divided into smaller parcels and given to the associations. After a pleasant stroll to see the pilot site, all project’s coordinators discussed their goals and organization of future actions during a technical meeting, which concluded the three-day final event of SIDIGMED.

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