As part of SIDIG-MED Project, the Mahdia Municipality, Tunisia, held a 4-day meeting from 26th to 30th of January 2015, to approve the Pilot Site Guideline for urban and peri-urban agriculture activities and discuss the UPA Governance Model. 

The meeting was attended by representatives from the Municipality of Rome, Esmo, the Barcelona Metropolitana Area, and the Jordanian Forestry Department.

During the meeting the final guideline for sustainable urban and peri-urban agriculture were presented. The Guideline is based on the best urban and peri-urban agricultural practices of the participating countries, like old rainfall harvesting tools, traditional low cost irrigation techniques, soil management practices, livestock and waste composting, farm waste recycling, safe farm pest management and biological control of insects, cropping practices, cultivation of native plants and land races. These practices aims to give to local community and target groups the main tools to generate income while achieve sustainable use of natural resources.

Participants contributed to set the general framework of the governance models by presenting different methodologies, like priorities and common elements, as well as revising the project’s deadlines and upcoming activities. During the three day meeting, participants present also the different pilote site that will be implemented during the next months in each partner territorie, an Organic Olive Oil Training was due the last day increasing the experience of the project members.

This activity was implemented among a number of planned activities of the Social and Intercultural Dialogue through Governance for Local Development: Mediterranean Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (UPA) Project (SIDIG-MED), funded by Cross-Border Cooperation within the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument, Mediterranean Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme- ENPI CBCMED.

The project aims to promote social and cultural dialogue, fight poverty and social discrimination for groups and NGO’s facing risks and constraints during the implementation of urban and peri-urban agriculture within the participating countries through improving the capacities, policies and strategies of governments pertaining urban and peri-urban agriculture to help applying it on the local level.