The creation of a European network of cities for agroecology was contained in the project Huertas Life Km 0, promoted by the City Council of Zaragoza (Spain). This LIFE project (2013-2016) developed networking and collaboration with other cities across Europe interested in carrying out actions to improve its wild and agrarian biodiversity, promoting organic farming and local markets.
On december 2016, Zaragoza held an International Seminar ‘Walking towrads a European Network of AgroEco Cities’, in which the attendant cities decided to create the Agroecocities European Network.
The Network was firstly joined by Zaragoza (promoter and first network coordinator), Bristol (UK), Brugges (BE), Freiburg am Breisgau (DE), Ghent (BE), Grenoble (FR), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ES), Lleida (ES), Liverpool (UK), Madrid (ES), Pamplona-Iruña (ES) and Valencia (ES). In recent times, Milano (IT) and Thessaloniki (GR) have expressed their interest on joining the network.
During the Zaragoza seminar, the cities set up a definition on their vision of what is a ‘city for agroecology’, and defined the shared aims of the network:
- Sharing experience, resources and knowledge by developing workgroups for good practices and inspirational examples exchange.
- Developing and promoting innovation, and mobilising external resources.
Since then our network began to develop working groups and to plan next joint activities.
The network is also committed to seduce more cities to become agroecocities.