How to transform small communities into green and sustainable communities? And how can young people be part of this transformation process? These are the guiding questions of the new ERASMUS + project “Green Cities of Youth” that is implemented by aiforia – ecoculture e.V. together with a youth organisation from central Spain and one from Romania.
To identify first ideas the Romanian and the Spanish team together with some youngsters visited Freiburg in July and had the opportunity to speak with respresentatives of several organisations (e.g. zusammen leben e.V., Bike Bridge, Solare Zukunft e.V., Über den Tellerrand kochen) and even take part in activities of current projects in Freiburg such as Forschungsraumwochen (a joint project of the Municipality of Freiburg together with local organisations such as Kommunikation und Medien e.V.).
Meanwhile the youngsters had to envision their ideal green municipality and develop a survey which is now conducted in their home countries to better understand their needs and integrate them in to our guidebook.
We are looking forward to our youth exchange event which will take place in July 2023 in Romania!
The consortium of the NABI project (Nature based Innovations for Urban Forest and Rainwater Management) met in Florence last week. During the third face-to-face meeting, the partners discussed the activities still open in this last phase of the project. The dissemination of the two guides produced in the past months was certainly one of the central points.
The focus of the two works is the circulation of good practices, already implemented in the different project countries, that have been able to use natural solutions to respond to the effects of climate change. The guides are addressed to administrations, as well as to all those stakeholders currently called upon to design more resilient cities. (You can find the first inventory here
Thanks to Cospe, the Italian host partner, meetings with Italian entities working with NBS were also organised during the two days, bringing new perspectives in this field to the consortium.
Finally, the group had the opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Florence with a local expert, who explained the ancient relationship between the city and the Arno River and showed some interesting projects that reconciled nature and the urban environment.
Fast Fashion ist allgegenwärtig, auch in Freiburg, und die Alternativen erfahren immer noch zu wenig Beachtung. Das wollen wir ändern, mit der großen Vision eines Textilkollektivs für Freiburg und vielen kleinen Schritten in diese Richtung. Unter dem Titel „Future Fashion Days“ wollen wir von Mai bis September 2022 aufmerksam machen auf Möglichkeiten, Mode und Textilien zukunftsfähig zu produzieren und konsumieren. Mehr Infos dazu hier.
Emerging entrepreneurs, in particular those with an intercultural background, are warmly invited to join this webinar organised by INTERREG project SEE ME IN. Maurizio La Cava, Startup Pitch Strategist at Polihub, will coach you to successfully master the art of persuading an audience of investors.
The free webinar is held in 2 parts – we recommend to not miss either of them:
Pitching Strategy Webinar
16–March 16.00 pm – 18.00 pm (CET)
1to1 Interactive Pitch Coaching
31–March 11.00 pm – 13.00 pm (CET)
All you need to do is register for free at
and make sure you are online at the given times.
Intrigued by the immense resiliency capacity of natural ecosystems, our team is delighted to join a new endeavour to explore “Nature-Based Innovations for Urban Forest and Rainwater Management” (short: NABI), as is the title of a 3-year project under ERASMUS+ programme. December 14 has seen the official, yet virtual kick-off meeting with 5 more organisations and institutions from all over Europe (Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy and Romania respectively): a great warm-up on the topic with partners sharing examples, discussing definitions and framing the context of Nature-Based Innovations to be focussed on. Schemes for water retention, increased biodiversity and sustainable forest management shall be amongst them.
In a first step, we will study good practice examples from all over Germany (and partners’ countries) and assess them for adaptability. Such Nature-Based Innovations case studies shall feed the development of a learning manual to support local decision-makers and experts, showcasing innovations in urban green space management and exemplary regulation of green space management.
Practicioners and experts in natural resource management, in particular forest and water management are very welcome to get in touch with us and share their experience.
In return, we will organise multiplier events for stakeholders in local communities to inform about the proceeedings an findings, so stay tuned for updates on NABI on our website and facebook!
The NABI project consortium joining virtually for the kick-off
Example of urban rainwater management in Freiburg Vauban
We are really happy to see how a day spent together with one of the aiforia experts turns into a splendid article on the city of Freiburg and its 360 ° sustainability.
During a bike tour we accompanied the BBC journalist Kat Barber to visit the emblematic places of the city, that make it clear where the name Green City takes its origins from.
The article ends with unanswered question: “So, what does the future hold for a city already pushing the envelope? “… Aiforia can only tell you to stay tuned and find out together the many new projects that this city still has in store!
We thank Kat Barber again for relying on our experience and for having managed to enclose the essence of Freiburg and our visits in her article.
To read the full article: http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200715-freiburg-germanys-futuristic-city-set-in-a-forest
The last few weeks have also been quite confusing for us and in many things we had to find flexible and creative solutions in a very short time, which is an enormous challenge! Nevertheless, we would like to look ahead now and are hopeful and full of zest for action. Even though there are still some restrictions for visitor groups, we are happy to welcome you to the “Green City” Freiburg!
What a magnificent evening! On Saturday, 07.03., we transformed the foyer of E-Werk Freiburg into a catwalk for our Intercultural Fashion Show and the crush was absolutely overwhelming! The designers Evgeniya Scherer, Luana Neves von Dobeneck, Hanna Ali, Marie-Louise Rosemann (KIRSCHMOND) and the project group “Keep Together” around Héba Lotfi took the enthusiastic audience with their unique and inspiring designs into far away and fantastic worlds and received standing ovations for this. Afterwards DJ Browncat made sure with the appropriate beats that the party and dancing could be celebrated in an exuberant atmosphere. We are absolutely impressed and would like to thank everyone who made this evening possible: All the designers for their courage and breathtaking creations, all the gorgeous models for walking the red carpet, Jasmin Ateia for her excellent moderation, E-Werk for the great collaboration, Muthivhi Khathutshelo for the idea, the music and his networking, Jutta and the team of Fluxus for their tireless efforts at the bar, Micha Klaehn for the wonderful photos, Brasilikum for the live percussion and all the others who were not mentioned by name! This evening has shown us what exciting sides and diverse possibilities European funding projects can offer!
For more infos about the designers see here.
Die kulturelle Vielfalt in Freiburg ist bunt, und das spiegelt sich auch in der Mode wieder: DesignerInnen aus verschiedenen Kulturkreisen werden sich und ihre Kreationen am 07. März 2020 im Foyer des E-Werks Freiburg präsentieren. Elemente und Impressionen unter anderem aus ägyptischer, bulgarischer, brasilianischer, deutscher, kurdischer und syrischer Kultur prägen die Designs der Outfits, die an diesem Abend auf dem roten Teppich vorgestellt werden. Dahinter stehen die ModedesignerInnen Evgeniya Scherer, Hanaa Ali, Luana Neves von Dobeneck (Label LUA), Marie-Louise Rosemann (Label Kirschmond) und die Projektgruppe Keep together mit Héba Lotfi.
Einlass ist ab 18.30h über den Eingang des Fluxus; der rote Teppich wird dann ab 19.30h zum Laufsteg werden. Der Eintritt ist frei; es wird jedoch um Spenden gebeten. Organisiert wird die Interkulturelle Fashion Show von der Nachhaltigkeitsagentur aiforia mit Förderung aus dem Interreg-Projekt See Me In sowie von Khathutshelo Muthivi, Integrationsbeauftragter der Stadt Freiburg. Dieser wird als DJ Browncat im Anschluss an die Modenschau noch für einen beschwingten Ausklang sorgen.
Infos zu den DesignerInnen gibt es hier.