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  1. 1. URBAN FOOD STRATEGY MIX Sustainable Food Workshop for European Cities FUNDING possible sources of funding for sustainable food initiatives Stephanie Mantell Brussels Environment, Belgium urbact@environnement.irisnet.be http://urbact.eu/sustainable-food An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities
  2. 2. What doors to knock on ? CO 2 Jobs Health Local Econ Biodiv What entries for Sustainable Food? Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities - Launch Teleconference 9 May 2012 I Page 2
  3. 3. FUNDING Introduction (30 min) ›Stephanie MANTELL, Lead Partner - Brussels Environment ›Quentin RICHARD, ERDF Managing Authority of Brussels Capital Region ›Jenny KOUTSOMARKOU, URBACT Secretariat Table discussions (45 min) ›How can sustainable food action plans & actions be in part funded by EU programmes such as ERDF/ ESF? What other public funds can be tapped into for sustainable food at national, regional, municipal levels (e.g. national public health funds…)? Through what schemes can citizens & private businesses invest effectively in sustainable food without reliance on public funds (e.g. community supported agriculture…)? › › Short feedback from tables (30 min) An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities
  4. 4. Suggested question for dicussion at tables… How can sustainable food action plans & actions be in part funded by EU programmes such as ERDF/ ESF?
  5. 5. Link to ERDF or ESF? Encouraged by URBACT Programme to seek funding from European Regional Development Funds or European Social Funds through their Managing Authorities (MAs) Find your MA on http://ec.europa.eu European Commission > Regional Policy > In your country > Managing authorities
  6. 6. Link to ERDF or ESF? Cities of our network will develop Local Actions Plans to develop low-carbon and resource efficient food systems during the coming year(s), and may apply for ERDF or ESF funding if such actions are eligible under the operational programmes.  Link Sustainable Food to EU 2020 Strategy pillars – Sustainable growth – Inclusive growth
  7. 7. Sustainable growth for the urban food system  building a more competitive low-carbon economy that makes efficient, sustainable use of resources – by reducing CO2 emissions along the food chain, – promoting local resilient food production and – reducing the resource intensity of the food consumed in cities.  protecting the environment & preventing biodiversity loss, including through farming practices and diversity in food crops Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities - Teleconference 26 March 2013I Page 7
  8. 8. Sustainable growth for the urban food system  capitalising on Europe's leadership in developing new green technologies and production methods adapted to densely built environments, including soil-less food growing techniques such as rooftop farming and aquaponics.  improving the business environment, in particular for SMEs, facilitating ⇒ emergence of new market actors for food production, retail & restaurants ⇒ transition of existing market actors towards greater sustainability.  helping consumers make well-informed choices.
  9. 9. Inclusive growth for the urban food system  raising Europe’s employment rate by creating more and better jobs in food production, retail and catering ⇒ urban agriculture ,food transformation and distribution can yield employment, including for job seekers with low qualifications.  ensuring the benefits of growth reach all, ⇒ guaranteeing access to sustainable food choices for people experiencing poverty and social exclusion, and ⇒ enabling them to live in dignity and take an active part in society also through growing, delivering and enjoying food.
  10. 10. ERDF Operational Programme & Food Feedback from Managing Authorities Have you funded projects related to (sustainable) food production, distribution or consumption? ›Directly: West Netherlands ›Indirectly: West Sweden, Brussels Capital Region, Rhône-Alpes ›No: Sicily, Attica, Romania Environment, possibly West England Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities - Teleconference 26 March 2013I Page 10
  11. 11. Direct ERDF funding Growing tomatoes on waste water. Pilot Sustainable water cycle. Developing new technology to re-use waste water. ERDF – Innovation. ERDF 315,292 euro
  12. 12. Direct ERDF funding Taskforce Green Port Westland to make greenhouse cultivation more sustainable. ERDF – Innovation. ERDF 776,968 euro
  13. 13. Indirect ERDF funding Small scale food production in Angered, suburb of Gothenburg as part of large urban development project ERDF – 5 Million euro (priority 1. “Entrepreneurship, innovative business and sustainable urban development”)
  14. 14. URBAN FOOD STRATEGY MIX Sustainable Food Workshop for European Cities ERDF & urban food strategy in Brussels & other contexts Quentin RICHARD Brussels Regional Public Service (BE) qrichard@sprb.irisnet.be www.feder.irisnet.be An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities
  15. 15. Indirect ERDF funding BRUSOC project finances SMEs projects including food services ERDF
  16. 16. Indirect ERDF funding Brussels Sustainable Economy (BSE) supports entrepreneurship by study & coaching 6 sectors including sustainable food sector (production) ERDF – 1 Million
  17. 17. Indirect ERDF funding Construction of indoor food market combined with 3.000 m² rooftop farm ERDF – 6 Million euro
  18. 18. New Programming period & Food ERDF and urban food strategy: 3 ways to achieve your goals, following 3 contexts Context 1 Urban food strategy supported by (a part of) the political stakeholders: – Like in the Brussels-capital Region, the sector is supported by influent stakeholders, who considers it as an element of the economic development – The sector has used previous Programmes (ERDF, other?) to test new ideas – And the sector is included in the general development strategy of a/different OP – But it needs to be structured, organized, piloted/monitored to defend its credibility (comparison with “classical” economic sectors) in term of concrete results
  19. 19. Context 2  Urban food strategy has not been taken into account by the Managing Authorities who have defined a very precise OP (following the COM recommendations). Then, it would be useful to: – Understand clearly the will of the MA, to determine a possible way to invest through the food strategy, – Determine the process of call for projects/selection in the relevant region(s), – Coordinate, in such a context, a proposal from the sector (which can be represented in many ways) in answer to OP goals (with potential links with strong-supported ERDF/ESF actors)
  20. 20. Context 3  Urban food strategy has not been taken into account by the Managing Authorities who have defined a flexible OP. The opportunity can so be taken with: – Understanding of the OP context to determine a possible way to invest through the food strategy, – Determine the process of call for projects/selection in the relevant region(s), – Prepare (and coordinate if necessary) the relevant operators (public/private?) to propose new opportunities with a clear and relevant status (test/pilot, combined actions, urban food side of an infrastructure project, specific sectorial investment) Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities - Launch Teleconference 9 May 2012 I Page 20
  21. 21. Thematic objectives of ERDF & food strategy › (1) strengthening research, technological development › › › › › and innovation; (2) enhancing access to, and use and quality of, information and communication technologies; (3) enhancing the competitiveness of small and mediumsized enterprises (4) supporting the shift towards a low-carbon economy in all sectors; (5) promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management; (6) protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency; Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities - Launch Teleconference 9 May 2012 I Page 21
  22. 22. › (7) promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures; Inclusive Growth › (8) promoting employment and supporting labour mobility; › (9) promoting social inclusion and combating poverty; › (10) investing in education, skills and lifelong learning; › (11) enhancing institutional capacity and an efficient public Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities - Launch Teleconference 9 May 2012 I Page 22
  23. 23. URBAN FOOD STRATEGY MIX Sustainable Food Workshop for European Cities URBACT Local Action Plans Implementation and finance Jenny Koutsomarkou URBACT Secretariat, France j.koutsomarkou@urbact.eu www.urbact.eu An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities
  24. 24. % of Call 1 partners using types of funds for LAP implementation
  25. 25. Call 1 Local Action Plans Level of implementation of Local Action Plans Min: 1,00 Max: 5,00 Mean: 2,32 Mode: 2,00 Median: 2,00 Std Dev: 1,21 6,06% (4) < 25% 15,15% (10) 28,79% (19) between 25% and 50% between 50% and 75% between 75% and 99% 100% 12,12% (8) 37,88% (25)
  26. 26. Any remarks? Structural Funds: 25% respondents report the use of Structural Funds in the delivery of their Action Plans, with a large predominance of ERDF -Positive achievement considering that the LAPs have been delivered in 2011 when several OPs were already fully committed or with very little resources left. ERDF: In more than 50% of the cases, ERDF has been used to support projects for local economic development and jobs related actions. Only in few cases, all situated in EU12 Member States, ERDF has been used to finance major infrastructural investments (e.g. water and waste management system in Zabrze, Poland). ESF: Only 3% partner cities appear to have used ESF whereas 1/3 of the 1st call networks had an explicit focus on social issues. Interestingly enough, the cities having secured ESF funds have also secured ERDF funds for LAP implementation.
  27. 27. Call 2 LAP Implementation Over 50% of partners declare having secured funds for the implementation of the Local Action Plan Min: 1,00 Max: 6,00 Mean: 2,57 Mode: 1,00 Median: 2,00 Std Dev: 1,63 Local 8,49% ( 9) 4,72% ( 5) Regional National 16,04% (17) 38,68% ( 41) ERDF Operational Programmes ESF Operationnal Programmes Other EU funding 15,09% (16) 16,98% (18) › 75% of partners declare having started the implementation of actions included in the Local Action Plan
  28. 28. Impact of the URBACT Method on the production of LAP 2/3 of partners declared they succeded in involving the Managing Authorities of the Operational Programme in the networks activities (56% consider the involvement as very useful/useful)
  29. 29. Health Local economy Suggested question for dicussion at tables… What public funds can be tapped into for sustainable food at national, regional, municipal levels Calls for projects Environment Lottery
  30. 30. Calls for projects at different scales Slide Potagers parcs Oslo for bottom-up initiatives in Oslo’s District Sagene (=74 000 EUR) Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities 6 novembre 2013I Page 30
  31. 31. Slide Potagers parcs Oslo Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities 6 novembre 2013I Page 31
  32. 32. Suggested question for dicussion at tables… Through what schemes can citizens & private businesses invest effectively in sustainable food without reliance on public funds (e.g. community supported agriculture…)?
  33. 33. New solidarity business models Citizen Purchasing groups Supporting one or several farmers (GAS, AMAP, CSA…)
  34. 34. Crowd funding › Brussels beer, Liège wine Brussels Beer Project to co-create atypical beers with beer lovers Protype creation, tastings for selection #beerforlife crowdfunding. For 140euro >365 crowdfunders had the opportunity to get 12 beers every year … for their entire life. Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities - Teleconference 9 May 2012 I Page 34
  35. 35. Community Supported Agriculture Terres en vue The cooperative purchases land for farmers to safeguard it from speculation, thanks to the shares purchased by citizens.
  36. 36. FUNDING Table discussions (45 min) ›How can sustainable food action plans & actions be in part funded by EU programmes such as ERDF/ ESF? ›What other public funds can be tapped into for sustainable food at national, regional, municipal levels (e.g. national public health funds…)? ›Through what schemes can citizens & private businesses invest effectively in sustainable food without reliance on public funds (e.g. community supported agriculture…)? An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities
  37. 37. › Huytebroek › Encouraging demand (support for collective kitchens, › › › › › veggie thursdays, gouter bruxelles week, Rabad & GASAP network, Food production (Network of vegetable gardens, new economic market gardening…) Environment-employment alliance/partnership Transition towards a more sustainable 50 projects (public-private-company) linking to the URBACT project… Inspiration Thematic Network Sustainable Food for Urban Communities - Launch Teleconference 9 May 2012 I Page 37
  38. 38. Table discussions (45 min) Introductions (10 min) Good practices (10 min) ? Failed practices? (10 min)  Next practices? (10 min – if there is time) Wrap up (5 min) An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities
  39. 39. FUNDING Table discussions (45 min) ›How can sustainable food action plans & actions be in part funded by EU programmes such as ERDF/ ESF? Different funds Rural Development Fund, Interreg CLLD Community Led Local Development ESF food Contact persons, Info days… Dedicated staff person at city level (Lyon)  more peer to peer knowledge exchanges Points of attention Windows of opportunity, cofinance, delay in payment, HR needed › › › An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities
  40. 40. FUNDING Table discussions (45 min) ›What other public funds can be tapped into for sustainable food at national, regional, municipal levels (e.g. national public health funds…)? Marleen Brouwer: public & private funding; GP: public funds declining; approach private sector; influence company policies; foundations for action oriented projects; cooperatives; not only money but also other support; ›FP: very burocratic; differnt fundings don't really match ==> should be more accessible ›==> could be interesting to require projects combine the whole food chain ›horizontal funding within municipality across departments ›revolving funds ›DG sustainable food ›Jessica funding scheeme An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities
  41. 41. FUNDING Table discussions (45 min) ›Through what schemes can citizens & private businesses invest effectively in sustainable food without reliance on public funds (e.g. community supported agriculture…)? ›Anne Saudmont: GPs cooperatives important to get better prices for farmers; crowd funding quite new; buying shares terres en vue; Partnership between association & american company...; become godfather of a tree... la ruche qui dit oui (flexible scheme); optimal size to reach to be effective different than clasical enterprises when they scale up loose original objectives - FP: AMAP schemes not flexible enough ›Marianne Karstens: Sustainable Academy in Brussels in Flanders, private companies embracing more sustainable management - risk of greenwashing but also genuine investment. Lack of knowledge to run business; need for networking; access to training to start a viable & self supporting business; social groceries; Foundations; fund-raising investments An URBACT II Thematic Network - Sustainable Food in Urban Communities

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