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PLUS Changers in the Spotlight 19: Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR)

In the nineteenth edition of our series, PLUS Changers in the Spotlight, we introduce the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, lead partner for the practice case of Three Countries Park (3LP).

About

The Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) is one of the oldest cross-border institutions in Europe. For almost 50 years, it has worked to stimulate and enhance cross-border cooperation in different fields and at the corner of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. As a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation, the EMR also hosts various networks. One of these is the Three Countries Park (3LP), a cross-border landscape partnership of environmental & planning authorities of the three countries which provides a stakeholder platform in the heart of the Euregio and focuses on the theme “landscape and climate”.

Project Role

The Three Countries Park serves as one of the practice cases in the PLUS Change project. In 2021, the Euregio region was severely impacted by a devastating flash flood, while experiencing serious droughts in other years. Consequently, the ambition of the 3LP case is to develop a Euregional Action Plan for Climate Resilient Landscapes with a focus on nature-based solutions for water retention in the affected cross-border river basins. 

Expectations

With the support of PLUS Change the 3LP hopes to overcome a highly fragmented governance landscape and to establish a cross-border community of practice around climate resilient land-use and landscape management.

“We firmly believe that the “landscape” concept offers common ground for the urgently needed transformation. We are keen to raise awareness of this as part of this project”