Joint Syndicate Lille Metropolitan Natural Space

Project information

Index: 0574R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Biodiversity and preservation of natural heritage (including air quality)
Location FRANCE NORD - PAS-DE-CALAIS Lille Nord - Pas-de-Calais Start/End date of the practice
Start: September 2002
End: on-going

Topic of the practice

Creation of specific park management structure

Good Practice Information

The Joint Syndicate (ENLM) is an administrative unit for inter commune cooperation, which managed green spaces of environmental and social interest on behalf of local councils. It brings together 40 local councils and the urban community on a voluntary basis.
The ENLM council is composed of 80 elected people. This balance helps to avoid favouritism to obtain a global view of the Metropolis.
Since its creation, ENLM budget has been 10M€ - 75% Lille urban community, 20% local council funding, 5-6% entrance fees.
This GP requires strong political support and public consultation. ENLM saves money for local councils, who would otherwise have to manage their sites. To be sustainable, staff have to be capable of adapting, experimenting and learning and applying new skills.

Evidence of success

ELNM is a shared tool that would be more costly to municipalities if they had to manage their sites themselves. Since its creation, it has shared skills and resources and has increased the surface managed to over 1300 ha. It has undertaken many regeneration / environmental initiatives, e.g. piloting the Roubaix Canal (18 km); re-forestation. The number of jobs has doubled since its creation.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Jérome Pohu

Lille Metropolitan Natural Space

Annex completed on: 08-08-2012

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