Citizen participation to make a success of the cross-border ecological transition

May 2023

Citizen participation to make a success of the cross-border ecological transition

On May 2nd, 2023, the 4th meeting of the "Cross-border ecological transition" working group of the MOT network, which brought together about thirty participants around the question: "how to better involve citizens in the ecological transition of cross-border territories?", took place.

Four experiences relating to citizen participation in ecological transition projects with a cross-border dimension were shared:

  • The Citizen Space of Europe on the territory of the Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai, for which the citizens involved in the process have gradually made the choice to place ecology at the heart of the group's reflections.

  • The project "Klimawandel in deiner Region - engagiere dich jetzt!" aims to make the voice of young people heard around climate issues in the Bodensee/Lake Constance region, in a logic of strong inclusiveness.

  • The cross-border participatory budget "IDEAK", a first on French borders, jointly supported by the Department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and the Diputacion de Gipuzkoa: it allows citizens to both propose cross-border actions and participate in their selection.

  • The ambitious citizen participation process "Cross-border territorial vision 2050", which is intended to co-construct, with the inhabitants, the "Greater Geneva of carbon neutrality".

Following these testimonies, the session ended with a time of collective reflection on the obstacles and keys to success of citizen participation processes carried out in a cross-border context. This work will give rise to a synthetic deliverable on the issue.

Find the replay as well as the presentation materials in the Members' Area of the MOT website (reserved for members - in French only): click here.

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