Topic of the practice
Landscape management, biodiversity preservation
Good Practice Information
In 2008, the SAN of Marne-la-Vallée – Val Maubuée started a large study on the environmental patrimony of its entire territory (including not only woods, wetlands, meadows… but also city-centres, business parks…). The main aim of this analysis is to reconcile urban development with environment and landscape preservation, and by this way to collect more information to be included in our thinking and studies for the territory, thus contributing to local development projects.
Objectives: • to identify the main elements of « natural » patrimony (natural and agricultural spaces, hydraugraphic networks, wooden spaces, urban parks, artificial water bodies, water courses…); a kind of picture of the biodiversity state of the art in 2010; • to perform a global analysis and a priorization of environmental and legal issues; • to put forward a global preservation scheme for the « natural » patrimony (areas of ecological interest, ecological grid, ordinary/common nature…) well integrated to other territory’s development projects;
• to define general management directions for these spaces, and specific urban uses to maintain the ecological quality of these spaces; • to define environmental instructions for the future urban areas, to promote biodiversity preservation in an urban context, and also to reduce impacts on environment. The main actors involved were the local authority technical services (urban department, green spaces department and water department) for the launch and follow-up of the project, a consulting agency to carry out the study, and local associations (environmental protection, fishing, hunting…). The transversal approach by several services and levels of local institutions is key in such a diagnosis. This diagnosis is then a good communication tool to promote the territory and to help the population understanding some landscapes management operations. An added value can be brought by a public consultation or survey on people’s perception of the ecological value of the different areas. Total cost of the project: 55 000€.
Evidence of success
This practice is considered as a success for several reasons:
- Its innovative aspect: taking into account the ordinary/common nature (not only the remarkable species) and urban areas; taking into account the ecological continuity (not only protected areas) and contributing to create a “green and blue” corridor.
- This diagnosis has then been added in a global landscape management plan strategy (SCOP – Schéma de coherence d’orientation paysagère) being developed at the moment. It is also taken into account in other planning and strategic documents like the SCOT (Schéma de coherence et d’orientation territoriale – main territorial strategic and planning document for French local authorities).
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Syndicat d'agglomération nouvelle de Marne-la-Vallée Val Maubuée
Annex completed on: 08-01-2011