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BetterGardens: Soil quality, biodiversity, and social value of urban gardens


In order to strengthen the protection of urban green spaces, strategies are needed, which indicate how green spaces are ideally managed in order to ensure biodiversity, soil quality as well as a positive influence on the general public.

The main goal of the study is to contribute to the development of relevant strategies. This happens by means of an examination of the motivation of gardeners in choosing certain production concepts, influenced by the directives or intrinsic factors; for instance, organic versus conventional production, or production-oriented management versus minimal-upkeep management. The study comprises three different garden types: Family gardens, private gardens and alternative gardens (such as rooftop gardens, communal gardens etc.). Furthermore, social value, biodiversity (of living beings in the soil as well as outside of the soil) and the soil quality of different gardens are being collected, evaluated and analysed in the context of the different production concepts.

(Research) Program
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) - National Research Programmes (NRPs)
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
  • Bögli Sandra (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Fliessbach Andreas (Department of Soil Sciences)
  • Home Robert (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Jahrl Ingrid (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Lewis Olivia (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Lichtsteiner Stéphanie (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Mäder Paul (Department of Soil Sciences)
  • Moschitz Heidrun (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Sommer Léa (Department of Socio-Economic Sciences)
  • Tresch Simon (Department of Soil Sciences)
(people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
FiBL project number 35116
Date modified 12.11.2019
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