The ‘Verbena 2030’ IYE-LABS project in Córdoba (Spain), managed by a team of volunteers from Xul Foundation, mainly focuses on the SDO number 11 (‘Sustainable Regions and Cities’), particularly strengthening community networks. Its three promoters (Emilio, Mirko, Remedios and María) want to build up a social sustainable fabric involving neighbours from all generations in ‘La Axerquía’ area in the city.

What is the current state of implementation of your project?

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our project had to be postponed.

How are you readapting your project to the COVID-19 restrictions?

We maintain constant contact with the neighbourhood association ‘La Axerquía’ but, given the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not planning to carry out our project during this summer due to the special characteristics of our project. In the meantime, we are planning to make a mapping of the shops in the Axerquía district.

Do you think COVID-19 has helped you to learn how to manage things in a different way with a positive outcome?

In a way the pandemic has helped us to experience a situation that requires a high degree of adaptability. In relation to our project, we can say that it has helped to raise awareness of the importance of local commerce among citizens.

What are your main learnings from the COVID-19 era?

Our experience during the past three months helped us to realise the importance of local commerce, the importance of local networks (that is to say, the importance of social contact and community links) and, last but not least, adaptability of citizens to circumstances.

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