The 1st Local Stakeholder Workshop in Leuven

Leuven 28 February 2023
Co-creation of NBS at Constantin Meunierstraat and Leuven Central detention facility

In Leuven, 2 workshops took place involving stakeholders of each site on February 9th and 13th.

During the first workshop, 16 stakeholders attended and learned about the JUSTNature project and opportunities for climate adaptation at the Leuven Central detention site through presentations. Users and stakeholders of the site, their needs and possible NBS solutions were discussed around the map of the site.

It was interesting to meet various Leuven Central stakeholders and map together which needs can be met by NBS solutions.

On the second workshop, we welcomed 74 visitors from the "Nieuw Kwartier" neighborhood. From 5 to 9 p.m., there were information stands and a participatory area where people could exchange their views on the Constantin Meunierstraat. Visitors could share their opinions about the street's current and future situation over aerial images of the street on large maps at the participation area, inspired by postcards with NBS solutions.

City personnel and aldermen were present to exchange with citizens, and a garden ranger and employees of the city's sustainability department provided information about the subsidies that citizens can apply for when they begin climate adaptation actions in their own properties, such as green roofs and façade greenery, as well as advice on climate-friendly and ecological gardening. It was a nice neighbourhood gathering where residents of "Nieuw Kwartier" could share their thoughts on the future of the Constantin Meunierstraat and learn more about the project. Participants could talk, drink, and eat delicious soup from Bar Stan. We will co-design the temporary installation in the street at the next workshop, scheduled for the end of April.

We eagerly await the next collaboration!