Bremen, Germany
City population: 536227
Duration: 2016 – 2016
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Sub-microscale: Street scale (including buildings)
Project area: 2600 m2
Type of area: Industrial
Last updated: November 2021

Creation of an additional spot for a vegetable garden, which is a utility of the charitable society for inclusive employment (Gesellschaft für integrative Beschäftigung mbH) in Bremen. With the land provided by the city and with the financial help of Aktion Mensch organization the initiative aimed to establish an additional area for the gardening and horticultural activities that will involve disabled people. The project aims to increase social inclusion of the disadvantaged groups as well as promote urban subsistence and sustainable solutions in food production. The initiative also involves educational activities (Ref. 2, 3).


Nature-based solution

  • Community gardens and allotments
  • Community gardens
  • Horticulture

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity conservation
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Conversion of former industrial areas
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Inclusive governance
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Social interaction
  • Environmental education
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Employment/job creation
  • Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12)
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Sustainable production


Creation of new green areas

Project objectives

Goals of the intervention: 1) Providing green space for gardening for people with and without disabilities; 2) Combining urban agriculture and community garden for sustainable food production and social integration; 3) Promoting and providing education on urban subsistence and sustainable solutions in food production (Ref. 2, 3). Increased social integration of disabled people; Increased sustainability of food production in the city (Ref. 2, 3).

Implementation activities

Building the 2,600 sq m garden area to be developed and planted according to the principles of organic farming with vegetables, herbs, fruit and mushrooms (Ref. 2). Organizing conferences and workshops on urban subsistence and sustainable solutions in food production (Ref. 3). Informing interested parties about the experiences, practices, financing, sustainability strategies and participation concepts of urban community gardens and agricultural cultures (Ref. 3). Engaging disabled people in the creation of the new garden areas (Ref. 2). 'The vegetable wharf realizes environmentally friendly access to urban greenery, is committed to the expansion of urban agriculture on the level of environmental planning, urban development and horticulture, and generates biodiversity in inner-city areas. About 30% of the area is used for wild growth and provides a habitat for urban flora and fauna" (Ref. 6).

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity conservation:

  • Protect and enhance urban habitats
  • Create new habitats

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
  • Marginalized groups: People with functional diversities


Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Non-government organisation/civil society

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Joint implementation (e.g. tree planting)
  • Co-management/Joint management

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

The vegetable garden is a utility of the charitable society for inclusive employment (Gesellschaft für integrative Beschäftigung mbH) and the project was initiated by that society. The initiative is supported by the city (provision of land for an additional garden spot) and resources from the Aktion Mensch organization (Ref. 2, 3).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes (The project falls under the city program "Environmental and nature conservation projects" and is supported by it (Ref. 1).)


Total cost


Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget
  • Funds provided by non-governmental organization (NGO)

Type of funding

  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of land
  • Provision of labour
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Public authorities (e.g. land, utility services)

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Reduced biodiversity loss

Economic impacts

  • Increase of jobs
  • Increase in agricultural production (for profit or not)

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased visibility and opportunity for marginalised groups or indigenous peoples
  • Increased opportunities for social interaction
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Increased access to healthy/affordable food
  • Increased sustainability of agriculture practices
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Improved mental health
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Education
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature

Type of reported impacts

Expected impacts, Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records