Liège, Belgium
City population: 378156
Duration: 2012 – 2014
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 190000 m2
Type of area: Natural Heritage Area, Cultural Heritage Area
Last updated: October 2021

The Chartreuse Park has been chosen as a pilot site for the EU-funded VALUE project, enabling the City of Liège to finance and pilot a participatory requalification process for the Chartreuse Park. Since the acquisition of the site (about 20 hectares of park and green spaces), the City has taken several steps to recognize the historical and environmental potentialities of the Park and to integrate its values in the operations for the urban development of this old military site (the Fort de la Chartreuse). As a result of broad consultation with citizens, between 2012 and 2014, three circular walkways were created in the park connected to each other, enabling greater access to the park (Ref. 1).

Interconnected Public Paths at Chartreuse Park (2017)
Photographer: Urbanisme| Ville de Liège| JP Ers., retrieved 08/29/2018 from Lucie Lefebvre

Overview

Nature-based solution

  • Parks and urban forests
  • Large urban parks or forests

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity conservation
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Regeneration, land-use and urban development
  • Conversion of former industrial areas
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Inclusive governance
  • Effective management
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education
  • Social justice and equity
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Economic development and employment (SDG 8)
  • Economic development: agriculture
  • Tourism support
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Preservation of natural heritage
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape/infrastructure

Focus

Maintenance and management of urban nature, Improved governance of green or blue areas

Project objectives

The main objectives of this project were to: - Re-qualify urban green spaces in a concerted manner; - Increase the involvement of citizens and local stakeholders in the planning of green infrastructure and the development of public green spaces. - Greater involvement of "rarely heard" people (such as isolated elderly people, youth, ethnic minorities, etc.) to better take into account their needs in relation to green spaces. - Use participatory methods as an opportunity to generate innovative initiatives, activities and partnerships; - Demonstrate the economic and social value of urban green spaces. (Ref 1)

Implementation activities

The project created accessible footpaths within the site (Ref. 1). "appropriate markup and signage, securing spaces accessible to the public from these routes, allowing the implementation of appropriate maintenance of the site" (Ref. 1). The City of Liège entrusted the non-profit association Education-Environnement with carrying out a study of the natural heritage of the site. They proposed the development of an underground passage as a shelter for bats and measures for the restoration of the moor, now invaded more and more by the woody vegetation (Ref. 1). "During 2014, the asbl Education-Environnement integrated the Interreg IVb Value Added Project in connection with the Parc de la Chartreuse by taking charge of the following aspects: Carrying out of an inventory of the natural heritage of the Parc de la Chartreuse ; Development principles and management methods for the enhancement of this heritage; Creation of animation and awareness tools. (Ref. 5). Beyond providing financing, the EU-funded VALUE project also allowed the exchanges of ideas and experiences with players from other regions, facing the same problems.(Ref. 1).

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity conservation:

  • Protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect species
  • Means for conservation governance
  • Raise public awareness
  • Public engagement
  • Create and use scientific knowledge for conservation

Main beneficiaries

  • Local government/Municipality
  • Citizens or community groups
  • Marginalized groups: Elderly people, MIgrants
  • Young people and children

Governance

Management set-up

  • Co-governance with government and non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government/municipality

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

Within the framework of VALUE Added EU-funded INTERREGIVB project, the City of Liège has entrusted the non-profit organization Education-Environnement to carry out a study of the natural heritage of the site, one of whose objectives is to make proposals for biodiversity (Ref. 4).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown (unknown)
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown (unknown)

Financing

Total cost

€500,000 - €2,000,000

Source(s) of funding

  • EU funds
  • Public regional budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget
  • Direct funding or subsidy

Non-financial contribution

Unknown

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased conservation or restoration of ecosystems
  • Reduced biodiversity loss
  • Restoration of derelict areas

Economic impacts

  • More sustainable tourism

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Fair distribution of social, environmental and economic benefits of the NBS project
  • Improved access to urban green space
  • Increased visibility and opportunity for marginalised groups or indigenous peoples
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise
  • Cultural heritage and sense of place
  • Protection of natural heritage
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape / infrastructure
  • Education
  • Increased support for education and scientific research
  • Increased knowledge of locals about local nature

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

No evidence in public records

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

No evidence in public records

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

No evidence in public records

References

Interconnected Public Paths at Chartreuse Park (2014)
Lucie Lefebvre, retrieved 08/29/2018