Saint-Etienne, France
City population: 373538
Duration: unknown – unknown
Implementation status: Completed
Scale: Micro-scale: District/neighbourhood level
Project area: 100000 m2
Type of area: Natural Heritage Area
Last updated: October 2021

The Jardin des Plantes represents a space rich in nature in the heart of the city and also hosts the Opera Theater of Saint-Etienne (Ref. 2). In 2015, "A thematic urban commission (with the citizens' district representatives) is set up to enhance the "Jardin des Plantes" while keeping its wild side but with a controlled vegetation." For instance, the social center proposed a fitness trail and elected representatives propose a signage of trees, the integration of design, thanks to urban furniture and ephemeral works" (Ref. 1). Citizens requested that vegetation of walls be undertaken to "avoid the flourish of unattractive tags" (Ref. 1).


Nature-based solution

  • Nature on buildings
  • Green walls or facades
  • Parks and urban forests
  • Large urban parks or forests
  • Botanical gardens
  • Community gardens and allotments
  • Other

Key challenges

  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
  • Habitat and biodiversity conservation
  • Green space creation and/or management
  • Environmental quality
  • Air quality improvement
  • Inclusive and effective governance (SDG 16)
  • Inclusive governance
  • Effective management
  • Combatting crime and corruption
  • Social justice, cohesion and equity (SDG 10)
  • Environmental education
  • Social interaction
  • Health and well-being (SDG 3)
  • Enabling physical activity
  • Creation of opportunities for relaxation and recreation
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Preservation of natural heritage
  • Protection of historic and cultural landscape/infrastructure


Maintenance and management of urban nature

Project objectives

"Rich nature area in the heart of the city" (Ref. 2) Proposition to the city council to enhance the Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Garden) to provide an educational signage of trees, a more attractive area with installations for the leisure of citizens. Avoid deterioration of the site (with the example to bring vegetation on the wall of the Opera which inside the garden, in order to prevent from tags) -"Ecological and creative projects linked to the inhabitants" (Re. 1)

Implementation activities

- Fitness trail (Ref. 1) - Fauna and Flora educational signage (Ref. 1) -"The inhabitants suggest the installation of toilets and that of hives in the enclosure of the water towers." (Ref. 1) -"Greening the walls would be desired to avoid the blooming of unattractive tags" (Ref. 1) -"Exhibition of design works, which could be ephemeral, integrated into the vegetation. This action could also give rise to an annual event." (Ref. 1) -"School Awareness" (Ref. 1) -"Pathway between school and garden" (Ref. 1 and Ref. 3, page 4) -""Nature" was very present at the district council since Marie-Camille Rey, elected as a referent, exposed, in front of twenty people, the project "Around our trees" which will allow inhabitants to work around the trees of the city." "It is a matter of mobilizing the inhabitants to cover the trees in winter in the respect of nature. About 100 trees were targeted on the territory. (Ref. 1) -"The Jardin des Plantes was established on the old Wells Villiers, today you can take advantage of the various arrangements of this space to spend a moment with family or friends. Picnic areas and children's playgrounds are provided for this purpose" (Ref. 2). -"To allow them to breathe good air and thus overcome the miasma of the city, gardens have been established so that the vegetation helps to renew the air. The park was originally planned to be a botanical garden , which is why you can observe all kinds of rare trees on almost 10 hectares. We just regret that there are no, or more, information boards on the nature of trees" (Ref. 2).

Biodiversity conservation or restoration-focused activities

Biodiversity conservation:

  • Protect and enhance urban habitats
  • Reduce negative impacts and avoid the alteration/damage of ecosystem
  • Protect species
  • Undertake specific measures to protect endangered species
  • Means for conservation governance
  • Public engagement

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
  • Young people and children


Management set-up

  • Led by non-government actors

Type of initiating organisation

  • Citizens or community group
  • District/neighbourhood association

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Co-planning
  • Dissemination of information and education
  • Consultation (e.g. workshop, surveys)
  • Co-management/Joint management
  • Citizen oversight (e.g. boards, advisory)
  • Citizen science

Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project

"Participative democracy. The neighborhood council n ° 16, held Wednesday at the district association of Villebœuf-le-Haut, has left an important place to an ecological project around the Jardin des Plantes" (Ref. 1). "20 associations have organized proposals workshops leading to the drafting of a charter which will be presented at the end of 2015 to the municipal council" (Ref. 1). A student has done research for the Botanical Garden of Saint Etienne (Ref. 6).

Project implemented in response to ...

... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Unknown


Total cost


Source(s) of funding

  • Public local authority budget

Type of funding

  • Earmarked public budget

Non-financial contribution

Type of non-financial contribution
  • Provision of labour
Who provided the non-financial contribution?
  • Citizens (e.g. volunteering)

Impacts and Monitoring

Environmental impacts

  • Environmental quality
  • Improved air quality
  • Green space and habitat
  • Increased green space area
  • Increased protection of threatened species

Economic impacts

  • Unknown

Socio-cultural impacts

  • Social justice and cohesion
  • Improved social cohesion
  • Increased involvement of locals in the management of green spaces
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Gain in activities for recreation and exercise

Type of reported impacts

Achieved impacts

Presence of formal monitoring system


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