Nature Based Solutions - Implementation Models Database

Pioneer Case

Community Garden Nagykovácsi

A short description of the NBS project

This is a new initiative in a wealthy suburban village near Budapest. Despite of that the people live in a small village, their lifestyle is more urban and they have a little connection to each other. Observing the situation, some local people decided to create a community garden where people can work together, and they have the possibility to aquire gardening skills. The objectives of the intervention are to create a community garden with the target of the collective work, education and the production of vegetables as well.

NBS Implementation context
Location Hungary, Budapest- Nagykovácsi
Latitude 47.583050
Longitude 18.880220
Status Ongoing
Dates 03.2017
Description of the NBS
NBS Scale neighbourhood
NBS Impacts scale neighbourhood
Urban density/ Soil consumption low (suburb at the limit with rural areas, etc.)
Combined with other(s) environmental friendly solution(s)?
if other
NBS Typology
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NBS Uban Challenges
Climate Issues Climate mitigation
Climate adaptation
Other 0;
Urban water management and quality Urban water management and quality
Flood management
Other 0
Air Quality Air quality at district/city scale
Air quality locally
Other 0
Urban Space and Biodiversity Biodiversity
Urban space design
Urban space management
Other 0;
Urban Regeneration and Soil Air quality at district/city scale
Other 0
Resource efficiency Food, energy and water
Raw materials
Other 0;
Public health and well-being Acustic
Quality of life
Other 0;
Environmental justice and social cohesion Environmental Justice: Recognition
Environmental Justice: Procedural Justice
Environmental Justice: Distributional Justice
Environmental Justice: Capabilities
Environmental Justice: Responsibility
Social Cohesion
Other 1;0;
Urban planning and governance Urban planning and form
Governance in planning
Other 0
People Security Control of crimes
Control of extraordinary events
Other 0
Green economy Circular economy
Bioeconomy activities
Direct economic value of NBS
Other 0;
Stakeholder and Governance
Who Started this initiative? Citizens
Contracting Authority no
Project manager (leader and main partners): entities names, and know-how involved Leader: Judit Vojczek Main partners: citizens, families, local school & local operating settlement group
Who (else) was involved in the project ? (Inhabitants, local association, etc.) The plot where the community garden is situated, is in private ownership, the owner is an inhabitant of Nagykovácsi. She is member of the local nature-preservation association, and she decided set up this garden with her group.
More detail on the process and the role of the different stakeholders (How did it happen?) First of all the citizens working and producing vegetables in the community garden. The NATÜ helps in the transproting of the necessary tools. The School - the students participate in the works too.
OPTIONAL Considering the actual impacts, who are the primary beneficiaries of the project. Citizens, Families, and pupils of Nagykovácsi
Cluster Governance Model Description
cluster3_private_private_partnershipsNon_State_Market_driven_governancepublic and private cooperation
Global Estimated cost of the project > 20 000€
Cluster cluster4_public_private
FM Private Finance Initiative (PFI)
Description of the financing mechanism Everything is covered by he community. - The products are not selled in the market, but rather a sort of barter.
Business Model
Class Type Description
TechnologicalMaximize material productivity and energy efficiencyBarter is typical among the "shareholders".
SocialDeliver functionality, rather than ownership
Temporal Factor
Expected time for the NBS to be fully effective after its implementation short (immediately to few months)
Expected life time of the intervention around 10 years
Already feedbacks on the project? In case, the project has already been adapted to new requisites, please explain the modifications brought not relevant
Success and limiting factors
Process Enablers
Class Subclass Type Description
Knowledge_driversGeneration_of_evidenceLesson_learnt_through_projectsThe participants get close to nature. The children recognize from where get the food to the table. The decreaised use of chemicals.
Process Inhibitors
Class Subclass Type Description
Governance_barriersParticipation_and_awarenessPerceptionThe governance of the project is based on the one person, who is the owner of the territory.
What makes this project a pioneer?
Field The_challenge(s)_targeted
Brief description of the innovativeness To get people from different social classes closer to each other through common interest. The challenge is related to the urban lifstyle of inhabitants of Nagykovácsi, a sub-urban village. People go to work early morning to town, and arrive at evening, so they live in a house with a garden, but they cant make use of it. The project aims to educate people to work in their gardens.
Has the project received a prize, an award?
Has the project received a media coverage? (in reviews, in press, etc.) The Comm. Garden has a platform on the webpage of the NATE (Nagykovácsi Cvil Association of Environmentalist).
IM Keywords
  • community garden

  • developing social cohesion

Interview with the founder of the Nagykovácsi Community Garden