Mëllerdall (Mullerthal) Nature Reserve is in eastern Luxembourg, runs along the German border and has a total surface area of 256 km2. Twelve municipalities, in other words a population of 23,000 inhabitants, make up this region which is characterised by spectacular rock formations, deep ravines and medieval castles.
At the end of February, this region, with its rocky landscapes, entered the implementation phase of the ZENAPA environmental project. The acronym stands for Zero Emission Nature Protection Areas. ZENAPA is a European initiative led by the environmental programme LIFE-IP. The first goal of the project is to fight global warming by creating large CO2-neutral nature reserves, for example national parks and nature parks, as well as biosphere reserves.
The ZENAPA project aims to be CO2-neutral
In concrete terms, this means that LIFE-IP ZENAPA will contribute, through direct measures, to protecting the climate, nature and biodiversity whilst reinforcing cooperation between partners, so that they can develop and deliver joint actions. Among them is the creation of a regional energy cooperative.
On the other hand, the project plans to reduce the use of fossil fuels in favour of renewable energy sources, for example from photovoltaic installations or bioenergy heating. As part of this energy transition, any green waste produced at Mullerthal nature reserve must be used to produce energy.
Together with 11 German partners, Mëllerdall (Mullerthal) Nature Reserve will pursue this objective throughout the 8-year duration of the project. In addition to these concrete actions, educational workshops and training will be organised.
The project has an overall budget of €17 million, €8 million of which are provided by the EU's LIFE programme. The remainder is co-financed by the partner regions.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)