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Community Gardens Albanese

: 144 community gardens were created in Campalto, Ca'Emiliani and Albanese following a change in the method of management of green areas and urban development within the Venice area, as the new Municipality Regulatory Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Green Areas in the City. (Naturvation project, 2020).
: Italy
: Venice
: 414.57 km²
: 270,884 (World Population Review, 2020)
: 1991
: 11 years
: Complete
: Yes
: Municipality of Venice
: 45.4993
: 12.2608
Increased provisioning of ecosystem goods (e.g. Food, water, etc)
Yes, one of the main goals was to re-qualify an abandoned area by creating a new green space where residents could gather to produce their food locally (Naturvation project, 2020).
Biodiversity conservation or increased biodiversity
Yes, 32 community gardens were installed in Campalto, 16 gardens in Ca'Emiliani and 86 new community gardens in the Albanese Park following the example of the first ones. (Naturvation project, 2020).
Increased quality and quantity of green and blue infrastructures
Yes, gardens fulfil the purpose of retraining urban areas and, thanks to the environmental context and the use of the available space, an element of novelty is introduced: a gathering area for communities to share environmental common values and activities (Naturvation project, 2020).
Sustainable urbanisation
Yes, fostering regeneration of abandoned and derelict spaces with the growth of green features has a positive impact on urban development (Naturvation, 2020).
Improved aesthetic value
Yes, gardens fulfil the purpose of re-naturing the urban environment (Naturvation project, 2020).
Increased access to green infrastructure
Increased social interaction and inclusion
Yes, the gardens helped in reaching the aim of social recovery and became ever more frequently a point of focus for socialisation (Naturvation project, 2020).
Provision of health benefits
Yes, the gardens satisfied the aim of social recovery and developed into areas of urban recreation (Naturvation project, 2020).
Education, knowledge exchange and learning
Yes, these gardens fulfil the purpose of didactic and cultural education (Naturvation project, 2020).
Low provisioning of ecosystem goods (e.g. Water, food)
Drought and heat risk
The Mediterranean Region is considered as a "hot-spot" of climate change, having been identified in global climate scenarios as one of the most responsive regions to climate change (Lionello and Scarascia, 2018). There is a consensus in scientific literature that average temperatures will rise across most of the Mediterranean Region, and that precipitation will decrease (Ulbrich et al. 2013; Lionello and Scarascia, 2018). Observed annual mean temperatures in the Mediterranean Region are now 1.4 °C higher than the average late-nineteenth-century levels particularly during the summer months (Cramer et al., 2018).
Food security (SDG2) Zero Hunger
Good health and well-being (SDG3)
Sustainable cities and communities (SDG11)
Terrestrial biodiversity (SDG15)
: Cramer, W., Guiot, J., Fader, M., Garrabou, J., Gattuso, J.-P., Iglesias, A., Lange, M.A., Lionello , P., Llasat , M.C., Paz, S., Peñuelas, J., Snoussi, M., Toreti , A., Tsimplis, M.N., Xoplaki, E. 2018. Climate change and interconnected risks to sustainable development in the Mediterranean. Nature Climate Change.

Legambiente. 2019. MAL'ARIA 2019: The annual report on atmospheric pollution in Italian cities. Information obtained: 2020-09-23. Available at:

Lionello, P., Scarascia, L. 2018. The relation between climate change in the Mediterranean region and global warming. In Regional Environmental Change, 2018, Volume 18, Issue 5, pp 1481–1493. Naturvation project. 2020. Community Gardens. Information obtained: 2020-09-18. Available at:

Ulbrich U, Xoplaki E, Dobricic S, García-Herrera R, Lionello P, Adani M, Baldi M, Barriopedro D, Coccimiglio P, Dalu G, Efthymiadis D, Gaetani M, Galati MB, Gimeno L, Goodess CM, Jones PD, Kuglitsch FG, Leckebusch GC, Luterbacher J, Marcos-Moreno M, Mariotti A, Nieto R, Nissen KM, Pettenuzzo D, Pinardi N, Pino C, Shaw AGP, Sousa P, Toreti A, Trigo RM, Tsimplis M. 2013. Past and current climate changes in the Mediterranean region. In: Navarra A, Tubiana L (eds) Regional Assessment of Climate Change in the Mediterranean. Springer, Dordrecht, pp 9–52.

World Population Review. 2020. Venice Population 2020. Information obtained: 2020-09-22. Available at: