Small rivers restoration and inhabitants in Paris urban area

Authors: Laurent Lespez*, University of Paris East Creteil, Marie-Anne Germaine, University Paris Nanterre, Elise Temple-Boyer, University Paris Nanterre
Topics: Environmental Perception, Urban Geography, Environment
Keywords: river restoration, urban river, small river, education, environment
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Grand Chenier, Sheraton, 5th Floor
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Urban rivers are recognized as the support of greenways in the world's major cities. They were initially invested as networks in urban parks, recreational areas or soft mobility supports, or invested for their landscape qualities (requalification of riverscape). For the past ten years, this has also meant the rehabilitation of these infrastructures for their ecological quality, as demonstrated for example by the multiplication of projects to restore ecological continuity (reopening river, removal of weirs and dams, remeandering, restoration of wetlands, etc.). We propose to examine two projects carried out on small rivers in the Paris metropolitan area. The objective is to analyze if these operations have provided opportunities to connect local populations with the ecological qualities of their daily environment. Were these operations used by the river managers and local elected in order to promote communication on environment, educational programs? Or, did local stakeholders or inhabitants take this opportunity to develop environment issues awareness? We base our analysis on interviews with managers, local stakeholders, and inhabitants as well as the review of the technical and communication documents that accompanied these operations.

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