Commissioner of Dear Landscape is the Three Countries Park Project, an initiative of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine Foundation. They asked Dear Hunter to pay attention to the Drielandenpark (the central green heart of the Euregion Meuse-Rhine) and get in touch with its residents. A lot of knowledge has already been collected by the project group, but the perspective of the inhabitants on their natural surroundings is still missing.
In Dear Landscape, the most precious places will be mapped, along with their story, through intensive contact with residents. This will result in a very subjective and personal map or ‘atlas’ of the Drielandenpark. In addition, during three stays (followed by more in 2018) local issues and insights will be revealed: how do the different municipalities in this Drielandenpark deal with their landscape? How is it opened up? What are the distinctive qualities and how can they be used in a better way for the benefit of its inhabitants and/or its visitors?
Three ‘stays’ as an introduction
Dear Landscape started in 2017 with three stays: in Visé (Wallonia/Belgium), Vaals (The Netherlands) and Heers (Flanders/Belgium). Starting from here, a pocket atlas of the Drielandenpark will be made, which will provide interesting perspectives for both the resident, the visitor and the policy maker. On every location, a local theme is added, of which the hosting community can benefit directly from. In Vaals for instance, an answer has been sought on how to improve the physical connection between the village of Vaals and the adjacent ‘three countries point’. In Visé insights on the difference between Eijsden (a flourishing village) and Lanaye (just at the other side of the river Meuse but in no way comparable to Eijsden regarding liveliness) have be gained.
These research questions can be regarded as examples for local assignments in following locations and will be further concretized when discussing the next stays with the hosting communities.