Urban Gardening Peace Project

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The Urban Gardening Peace Project http://www.urban-peace.org/ is located on the grounds of the Alevi community of Wuppertal (AKM) and works closely with several actors in the hearth of the city. The community garden invites different cultures and actors to establish a peaceful relationship with each other and at the same time to resume the dialogue with nature. The vision of the pilot project is to create in the sacred place a nature-based conflict transformation model while facilitating intercultural knowledge exchange process. Thus, this creative "Peace-building" project has a cultural and social dimension as well as a scientific approach to reduce the power of the drivers of injustice in the context of sustainable urban development.As a pilot study it has been realized in Wuppertal in order to generate an in-depth, multi-faceted understanding of a complex issue in a real-life laboratory context. It was not only set up to analyse root-cause problems but also sought to propose culturally sensitive solutions by the help of peace-building approaches. As a result, the group members - mainly women - began to be part of change for a constructive future and the community they live in. Parallelly, the project team had the opportunity to present this local idea of creating an intercultural peace garden in an urban space at the level of the EU Parliement funded UrbanA project, at the international Forum of European Alevi communities and elsewhere. At this point, the study started to investigate the ability of individuals to change over time in response to transformation and evaluated how peace-building may create nature-based methods to support processes towards sustainable and just cities. Additionally, peace-building catalysed inclusive and micro-level interactions during the participatory research approach. It didn’t just change individuals’ attitudes and behaviours but also helped to build bridges in between several actors in the city, used transformative tools and facilitated a better understanding of the root-cause problems.

A micro-level Peace-building Method by Burcu Eke-Schneider https://wiki.urban-arena.eu/User:Burcu_Eke-Schneider

It is an important intervention for preventing violence, it works with inclusiveness to help enable emergence of a common understanding in three main ways:

First, it can support inclusive processes of just urban transition that respect diversity of cultural backgrounds and ethnicity.

Second, it can promote more environmentally friendly behaviour and attitudes among participants.

Third, it can convey new meanings of “collective struggle for a common future” in different languages, cultures and sacred places.


✌️🌱☮️We are a group of peace thinkers..


We cordially invite everyone to participate in our peace project, regardless of age, gender, political views or origin. Previous knowledge of gardening or peace work is not required.

   Strengthening of women

We would like to encourage women in particular to participate in the project and further strengthen their social significance. It is important to us to include their creativity and their great collective knowledge about plants and seeds, medicinal properties etc.


We are determined to create and maintain peace. The framework we have created should be understood as a protected space. We do not tolerate defamation or violence towards other people, neither in language nor in behaviour.

   Climate Justice

In our peace project we feel obliged to contribute to more climate justice in an urban environment. We would like to contribute to the reflection on a more sustainable and just life and to a more conscious behaviour.


The Peace Garden is intended to contribute to the greatest possible biodiversity in urban areas. Nature is a network of the most diverse forms of life, everything is connected with everything else. With the Peace Garden, we respect the dependence of humans on nature as part of nature.

Publications and links:

   Urban Gardening Wuppertal:http://www.wuppertals-urbane-gaerten.de/gaerten-zum-mitmachen/urban-gardening-friedensprojekt/?fbclid=IwAR1__YTm-0mpCkyCl3xjBpurjypkqjc4uH2VwfU9lQjW_Jw6JO3LRoZGtNI
   Map Overview:https://anstiftung.de/urbane-gaerten/gaerten-im-ueberblick?view=map
   Deutsche Welle Article: https://www.dw.com/de/wuppertal-permakultur-einwanderung-perspektive-gesellschaft-schrebergarten-klimawandel-natur-polen/a-53898345
   An Avantgardenist Approach: https://medium.com/urban-arenas-for-sustainable-and-just-cities/an-avantgardenist-approach-creating-peace-gardens-in-the-urban-realm-17f8aaddaa9f
   Art and Peace-building : https://under-construction-wuppertal.de/media?fbclid=IwAR0nxzedr8MXJrOokd8SWWTcd8TQyB21rMSMvIXT9_YdKANg_QX8_CKlfig#type,archiv-der-traeume,1 (Here you can find how we contributed to the art scene for Pina Bausch centre’s under construction work with our creativity.. Pls follow the link on: “Büro für künstlerische Praxis” - Archiv der Träume Mansa Sabaghian (0:10:12) und Burcu Eke-Schneider (0:54:15)..)
   Essay by Burcu Eke-Schneider 'Der Sand' Vielleicht - page 11 https://die-wueste-lebt.org/der-sand/

Upcoming Conference and Congress Presentations:

Geneva Swiss Sociological Association Congress “Social Justice in Times of Uncer-tainty” June 28—30, 2021 Geneva.https://sociocongress2021.ch/ NECE Campus 2021 - 14 July Digital Platform (Networking European Citizenship Education)https://www.nece.eu/campus/ International Degrowth Conference ‘Caring Communities for Radical Change’ 24-28 August 2021 Hague. https://www.degrowth.info/en/the-hague-2021/ Ecocity World Summit 2021 27-30 September 2021 Rotterdam. https://ecocity-summit.com/

Contact Info : wuppertalforpeace@gmail.com