Together with the 11 Belgian and Dutch Meuse municipalities, the provinces of Belgian and Dutch Limburg, nature managers and the Flemish Government, a cross-border RivierPark Maasvallei is being developed, covering approximately 2,500 ha. This landscape park connects the picturesque and distinctive Meuse villages. These were created and formed by the fickle nature of the Meuse and are located along unique nature reserves. Although the Meuse constitutes the border between Belgium and the Netherlands, it also has a connecting role that can be experienced in a unique way.
The shared Meuse has the status of a special ecosystem of international value. It is an area where beavers, otters, osprey, waterfowl, dragonflies, butterflies, wild bees and special plants can find a place and develop viable populations.
In 2015, the aldermen of the Flemish and Dutch municipalities signed a letter of intent for long-term cooperation on the RivierPark Maasvallei project.
Two years later, in 2017, this cooperation was fleshed out in the Five-Year Cooperation Agreement. This was the starting shot for structural and financial cooperation with the Dutch partners in this project. In the coming years, we will work together on a uniform house style and on-the-ground design. A common vision will also be developed on nature management and fishing, and route structures (hiking and cycling) will be better coordinated.