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Le 10/09/2021

EU Regions week 2021 - Workshop on cross border biodiversity and mobility projects

Lille Metropole will participate in the European regions and cities week 2021. Focus on our workshop on cross border biodiversity and mobility projects.

The workshop will take place online on Tuesday 12th of October 2021 from 11:30 am to 1pm. If you would like to register, please follow this link.

The workshop will address cooperation for sustainability with a double approach, covering the implementation of the challenge of conserving biodiversity faced by five different cross-border projects and green mobility between neighbouring Italy and Slovenia.

The first part of the workshop will focus on the challenge of conserving and restoring biodiversity for future generations and raising awareness of the impact nature has on the wellbeing of humans, by presenting 5 different cross-border projects that have an innovative and inclusive approach to biodiversity conservation. Practical and efficient actions being undertaken to improve cross-border cooperation for protecting biodiversity and raising people's awareness will be presented.  

For Lille Metropole, environmental project officer, Chimène Leroy will present the Interreg “France Wallonia Flanders” project TEC for “Tous éco-citoyens” (we are all eco-citizens), which aims to involve inhabitants in the preservation and restauration of biodiversity in the Franco-Belgian cross-border region, focusing on local species. You can read more about the project here.

Biodiversity loss and the climate crisis are interdependent and do not stop at Member States' borders. Restoring forests, soils and wetlands and creating green spaces in cities is essential to achieving the climate change mitigation needed by 2030. These five projects showcase new opportunities for society to change its attitude gradually but permanently to nature protection and conservation.

It is time to fix our broken relationship with nature. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, and the spread of devastating pandemics demand nothing less.

The second part of the workshop will focus on the contribution of CROSSMOBY and FORTIS, projects under the Interreg V-A Italy-Slovenia programme, to greening mobility between Italy and Slovenia. Boosting cross-border regions through better transport systems is the aim of the initiatives being implemented, and the results can also be seen in terms of their concrete impact on citizens and tourists. The workshop will discuss the pilot actions and synergies of the two projects by sharing their main achievements and best practices for sustainable urban development at the cross-border level. One example is the new Udine-Trieste-Ljubljana passenger rail service and its role in bike-train intermodality; a new approach to mobility planning linked to the improvement of public transport and a strategic vision of cross-border connectivity.

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