Natural and Cultural heritage

The regional food project of Caen Normandy Metropole
Le projet alimentaire territorial de Caen Normandie Métropole a été lancé en octobre 2017 ; pendant une année, une démarche participative impliquant tous les acteurs du territoire a permis d'élaborer des orientations stratégiques qui ont été reconnues par le label du Programme national de l'alimentation (PNA) en février 2019.
 
 Par l'organisation d'ateliers thématiques et de visites de terrain localement (ferme urbaine, marché de gros, association d'insertion par le maraîchage, agriculteur permettant la cueillette aux particuliers, cantines proposant des menus végétariens....), les acteurs du...
Caen Normandy Metropole’s regional food project was launched in October 2017. For one year, a participatory approach involving all the regional players led to the development of strategic guidelines that were recognised by the National Food Programme (NFP) label in February 2019.
 
By organising thematic workshops and field visits locally (urban farm, wholesale market, association providing work in market gardening, farmer allowing individuals to do their own picking, canteens offering vegetarian menus and so on), stakeholders in the Caen region now have a qualitative and quantitative regional food diagnostic and routemaps to promote short food circuits.
 
The challenge now lies in implementing this ambitious 14-action plan, aimed at bringing consumers and food producers closer together in six strategic areas:

I - Implementing metropolitan food governance;
II - Taking food into account in planning and land use;
III - Supporting the local economy (distribution platform, vegetable provision, urban compost etc);
IV - Strengthening collaboration and social bonding (sustainable food house);
V - Promoting local sourcing in communities;
VI - Communicating about local food identity and Normandy gastronomy, raising awareness, educating and training.

The FRUGAL (Urban Forms and Food Governance) action research programme run with the University of Caen between 2016 and 2020 is proving to be a quality methodological support to this innovative community approach to food: researchers present the results of their research to elected officials each year and the participatory methodologies of communities at all levels (city, urban community, metropolitan cluster) allow for new partnerships between researchers and stakeholders.
Caen, nature city
A dix-huit kilomètres de la mer, à la confluence entre l’Orne et de l’Odon, Caen s’affirme comme une ville entre mer et nature.
Structurée par un fleuve côtier partiellement canalisé, la ville fut fortement marquée au nord par l’industrie métallurgique, tout en préservant au sud l’accès direct à la nature par sa vaste prairie inondable qui pénètre au cœur de la ville.
Aujourd’hui connue pour sa plaine agricole et la qualité de sa pierre calcaire, Caen puise en réalité son identité dans les cours d’eau et les prés normands, ce qui en fait une ville naturellement structurée par sa trame verte et bleue. Par sa...
Eighteen kilometres from the sea, at the confluence of the Orne and the Odon, Caen is most definitely a city between sea and nature.
Structured by a partially channelled coastal river, the city was heavily affected to the north by the metallurgical industry, while preserving to the south direct access to nature by its vast flood meadow that goes right into the heart of the city.
Today known for its agricultural plain and the quality of its limestone, Caen actually draws its identity from Normandy’s rivers and meadows, making it a city naturally structured by its green and blue corridors.
With its greenspace policy and its work to preserve ecological continuity, Caen has outpaced legal expectations for promoting biodiversity, nature and landscapes.
The Hauts de l'Orne: a naturally innovative district
Un cadre de vie privilégié à deux pas de la Vallée de l’Orne et de la voie verte, sur un site riche de 7000 ans d’histoire : le futur ÉcoQuartier de Fleury-sur-Orne est actuellement développé par Caen la mer, la commune de Fleury-sur-Orne et Normandie Aménagement. Les travaux sont programmés jusqu’en 2030.

UN QUARTIER VÉGÉTAL
Premier ÉcoQuartier labellisé (étape 2 depuis 2018) à se construire sur Caen la mer, les Hauts de l’Orne offriront à ses futurs habitants, à horizon 2030, un vaste choix de logements individuels, semi-collectifs ou collectifs. Il se situera au cœur de 25 hectares de...
A special place to live just a stone's throw from the Orne Valley and its green way on a site with 7,000 years of history: the future EcoDistrict de Fleury-sur-Orne is currently being developed by Caen la Mer, the commune of Fleury-sur-Orne and Normandie Aménagement (Normandy Development). The work is scheduled until 2030.

A GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD
The first certified EcoDistrict (stage 2 since 2018) to be built in Caen la Mer, by 2030, the Hauts de l'Orne will offer its future inhabitants a wide choice of individual, semi-collective and collective housing. It will be located at the heart of 25 hectares of natural landscaped parks, ponds, gentle vegetated paths, and very close to shops, services and innovative sports and recreational facilities. Located a 10-minute drive from the centre of Caen, it will be served by the new rail tram from 2019 and benefit from access to a heat network.

AN IN-SITU NURSERY
To produce trees and plants locally, an innovative initiative, unique in France, was proposed by Normandie Aménagement: to set up a nursery directly in the neighbourhood. Located on the last stage of the EcoDistrict, which will not be completed for 10 years, this nursery has been home to all the plants needed for the future landscaping of the district since 2018. In the long run, more than 40,000 plant species will have been grown directly on the site.
Caen Peninsula: reconquering a territory
Le projet urbain Caen Presqu’île offre de nouvelles perspectives à l'aire de Caen la mer. Quartiers durables, circulations douces, ambiance fluviale, environnement végétalisé, activités économiques, culturelles et sportives…promettent un cadre et une qualité de vie inégalée.
Les communes de Caen, Mondeville et Hérouville Saint-Clair, la Communauté Urbaine Caen la mer, la Région Normandie et le syndicat mixte des Ports de Normandie, travaillent conjointement depuis 2010 à la mise en œuvre d’un projet de renouvellement urbain ambitieux sur le site de la Presqu’île, structurant pour le territoire.
Le projet urbain...
The Caen Peninsula urban project offers new perspectives to the area of Caen la Mer. Sustainable neighbourhoods, soft transport modes, river atmosphere, green environment, economic, cultural and sporting activities all promise an unrivalled environment and quality of life.
 
The municipalities of Caen, Mondeville and Hérouville Saint-Clair, the Caen la Mer Urban Community, the Normandy Region and the Normandy Ports Joint Union have been working together since 2010 to implement an ambitious urban renewal project on the site of the peninsula, which is structuring for the region.
 
The Caen Peninsula urban project covers an operational perimeter of 300 hectares. The member communities of the order group agreed in 2016 on the need to set up a Major Interest Project (MIP), a memorandum of understanding created by Law No. 2014-366 of 24 March 2014 for access to housing and renovated urban planning provided for under Articles L.350-1 to 7 of the Urban Planning Code. The content of the MIP identifies the four structuring urban development projects currently in progress or planned for the future whose aim is to renew the strategic sector of the peninsula in an ambitious and sustainable way:
 
- The Peninsula Point
- La Nouveau Basin joint development zone in Caen
- The Hérouville peninsula JDZ
- The Calix JDZ in Mondeville
Lifou Island: roadmap to 100% renewable energy by 2020
L’objectif de ce projet est de réussir à substituer les 2.5 millions de litres de fioul utilisés actuellement pour la production électrique sur l’île de Lifou, en Nouvelle Calédonie par des énergies 100 % renouvelables d’ici à 2020, et faire ainsi de cette île une « vitrine » de la transition énergétique dans le Pacifique.
ENGIE a notamment conçu pour ce projet un schéma directeur énergétique permettant d’exploiter de manière optimale les ressources de l’île d’une part, et d’organiser le partage des services attendus entre la production (énergies renouvelables, gaz…) et le gestionnaire des réseaux d’autre part. Une étude...
This project sets out to successfully replace the 2.5 million litres of fuel oil currently used for electricity generation on the island of Lifou, New Caledonia, with 100% renewable energy by 2020, thus making the island a "showcase" for energy transition in the Pacific.
 
In particular, ENGIE has designed an energy master plan for this project to make the most of the island's resources on the one hand, and to organise the sharing of services expected between production (renewable energy, gas etc) and the network manager on the other.
 
A feasibility study and risk calculation were also carried out to ensure a local, sustainable and renewable energy network.
 
To achieve the target set, the island's energy mix will rely on the development of new capacity in solar (up 5.4 MW), wind (up 0.8 MW) and biofuel (up 1.2m litres), coupled with storage (5 MW).
 
The benefits of this project are threefold, allowing to:
 
  •  Strengthen the territory's energy self-sufficiency,
  • Reduce its carbon footprint,
  • Address intermittency and optimise the penetration of renewable energies within the island’s mix.
Beach cleaning assisted by animal traction
La commune de l’île d’Oléron réalise un nettoyage des plages assisté de portage et traction asine. Une cinquantaine d’opérations de nettoyage de plages ont été organisées dans l’année avec la participation de nombreux bénévoles et d’élèves (lycéens, collégiens, écoles).
Ces opérations ont permis de ramasser les micro-déchets sur les plages en préservant les laisses de mer et les écosystèmes uniques de la plage et de la dune. Le caractère innovant consiste à allier la traction animale, l’éducation à l’environnement, la préservation d’une race d’âne locale (Ane du Poitou) et  le volontariat citoyen afin de dépolluer...
The commune of Ile d'Oléron uses donkeys to assist in its beach cleaning operations. About fifty beach clean-up operations were organised during the year with the participation of many volunteers and students (secondary school, college and school students). Working in this way has made it possible to collect micro-waste from beaches while preserving the unique sea foreshore and the ecosystems of the beach and dune. The innovation of this approach in combining animal power, environmental education, the preservation of a local donkey breed (Ane du Poitou) and citizen volunteering to clean up a sensitive environment. The days, times and places of the clean-ups are broadcast via the Tourist Offices, social networks and websites as well as the municipality's interactive information panel.
This project is one of the nominees for the 28th edition of the Eco Action Trophies, the leading sustainable development competition for local communities, organised by the Les Eco Maires association.
La mer commence ici
Trophées Eco Actions 28ème édition
 
2e PRIX : Combs-la-Ville
 

« La mer commence ici » est un projet transversal sur la thématique de l’eau, à Combs-la-Ville. Il a pour but de sensibiliser les habitants à la préservation de la ressource en eau,  à sa qualité et à l’impact que les différentes pollutions ont sur elle. De nombreux partenaires publics et privés participent au projet tels que Eaux de Sénart, l’association Développement Durable Notre Avenir (DDNA) ou encore une association de Combs-la-Ville : la SHAGE (Société d’...

28th edition of the Eco Actions Trophies

2nd Prize: Combs-la-Ville

“The sea starts here” is a comprehensive project on the theme of water in Combs-la-Ville. Its purpose is to increase residents’ awareness of the need to preserve the water resource, water quality and the impact the different contaminants have on it. Numerous private and public partners are involved in the project, such as Senart Waters, the NGO “Développement Durable Notre Avenir” (“Sustainable Development Our Future”) and an NGO from Combs-la-Ville: SHAGE (History, Archaeology, Genealogy and Exchange Society)… Actions are split between 3 main themes:

-          Planning and management of the city, including “street art” on the pavement inlets and the design of rubbish bins decorated with giant flowers made of recycled waste.

-           Organizing events such as conferences and screenings as part of the Eco Festival, workshops on making household products, hosting an exhibition on water…

-          Lastly, in terms of communication, a thematic study on water will be disseminated in the local paper and communication campaigns will be held to talk users into adopting virtuous behaviours.

Protection and improvement of Bourg de la Ville beach

Concours Outre-Mer Durables 2018

 

3ème PRIX EX-AEQUO : Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe

 

Le front marin de Saint-Anne, emblème des plages turquoises et de sable fin qui font de la Guadeloupe une destination touristique internationale, fait face aujourd’hui à de nombreux défis tels que l’érosion du littoral, une urbanisation non maîtrisée et la détérioration de la barrière de corail. Afin de répondre à ces problèmes, la ville de Saint-Anne lance un projet de protection et de mise en valeur de la Plage du Bourg, dont les objectifs principaux sont le ré-ensablement du...

Sustainable overseas territories 2018 contest

Joint 3rd Prize: Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe

Sainte-Anne’s sea front, a symbol of the turquoise, fine sandy beaches that make Guadeloupe an international tourist destination, is currently faced with numerous challenges, including coastline erosion, unchecked urbanization and degradation of the coral reef. In order to address these issues, the town of Sainte-Anne has launched a project to protect and improve Bourg de la Ville beach, whose main objectives are to re-sand the sea front in order to slow down erosion, restore the site’s plant and marine life and sustainably develop the sea front. The project was carried out in partnership with public stakeholders, including the State, the region and the Architecture, Urban Planning and Environment Councils (CAUE).

Sentiers sous-marins

Concours Outre-Mer Durables 2018

1er PRIX : Accoua, Mayotte

Le parcours sous-marin de M’Tsangafou s’inscrit dans une démarche d’innovation et d’ouverture de la commune, qui ambitionne de devenir une référence départementale en matière d’économie sociale et solidaire. La « randonnée aquatique » est située au nord-est d’Acoua et au sud-ouest de M’tsangadoua et a pour objectif de faciliter l’observation et la découverte de l’écosystème marin bordant la commune : à l’aide de sept bouées d’observation et balises immergées, adultes et enfants découvrent ainsi la biodiversité sous-...

Sustainable Overseas Territories Contest 2018
 
1st Prize: Acoua, Mayotte
 
M’Tsangafou underwater pathway is part of the innovation and opening-up process of the municipality, which sets out to become a departmental benchmark in terms of the social and solidary economy.
 
This “aquatic hike” is located to the north-east of Acoua and south-west of M’Tsangafou. It aims to foster observation and discovery of the marine ecosystem which borders the municipality: with the help of 7 observation buoys and underwater markers, adults and children can discover Mayotte’s lagoon underwater biodiversity in a fun and educational way. The project has the support of numerous partners such as the Ministry for Justice and the natural marine park of Mayotte.
 
Ecological restoration of a section of the basalt sand beach in Cambaie

Concours Outre-Mer Durables 2018

 

3ème PRIX : Saint-Paul, La Réunion

 

Le projet part du constat que les populations de tortues marines diminuent à une vitesse alarmante, et que cette diminution est liée à la raréfaction des plages propices à leurs pontes. Afin de pallier ce manque, le projet cherche à rétablir, sur une petite portion de la baie, les conditions physiques favorables à la ponte des tortues marines. Les travaux permettront notamment d’éliminer les espèces exotiques nuisibles, de combattre l’érosion du littoral et de reconstituer la végétation...

Sustainable overseas territories 2018 contest

3rd Prize: Saint-Paul, Reunion Island

The project is based on the observation that marine turtle populations have been decreasing at an alarming rate, and that this decrease is connected to the increasing scarcity of beaches favourable to laying.

In order to offset this problem, the project sets out to reinstate favourable physical conditions for marine turtle laying on a small section of the bay.

The works will particularly allow the removal of harmful exotic species, combat coastal erosion and restore the bay’s local vegetation. The project is run by the municipality of Saint Paul and supported by the National Forestry Office and the Marine Turtle Studies and Discovery Centre (CEDTM).