“Landscape Policy for the Three Countries Park” (LP3LP)

Published on
April 4, 2014

LP3LP Project Symposium
14 May, Maastricht

Invitation and Program Final Symposium LP3LP

14 May 2014, 13h30, Gouvernement Maastricht

The final symposium of the LP3LP project is open to the general public and will be held in the Statenzaal of the Provincial Government in Maastricht on the 14th of May 2014 from 13.30-17.30 hours. The working language of the symposium is English and the entrance to this public event is free.

We kindly invite you to join this symposium and we send you the program with practical information. If


you want to join this symposium we ask you kindly to confirm your participation by using this link before  24 April 2014: You may also distribute this invitation and program to other people who might be interested in the symposium.


Important elements of the  ESPON project LP3LP are: to define the European identity of 3LP; to design a cross-border landscape perspective for the future developments of the 3LP and to formulate an interface between the landscape perspective and EU policy. By doing this, information is provided on different ways landscape can contribute to the development of regions. The LP3LP project started in February 2012 and ends with this public presentation on the 14th May 2014.


During this symposium, the Transnational Project Group, consisting of the universities of Aachen, Wageningen and Brussels, will present the final results of the LP3LP project. You are cordially invited to get acquainted with these results, to give your reactions and your ideas for future development of the 3LP.


13.30 Arrival of participants and coffee

14:00 Welcome to the cross-border challenges of the Three Countries Park
         Patrick van den Broeck, Deputy Province of Limburg NL (Lead Stakeholder LP3LP)

14.10 “European landscapes within smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”
          Peter Mehlbye, director ESPON Coordination Unit, Luxembourg

14:25 “Landscape policy for the Three Countries Park”
          Introduction to the LP3LP project
          Prof. Frank Lohrberg, RWTH Aachen University, Germany (Project leader TPG)

14.40 “The Three Countries Park and similar European regions using landscape policy across borders”             Alain Coppens, IGEAT Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (partner TPG)

14:55 “Unity and diversity: 13 guiding principles for cross-border landscape protection, landscape management and landscape planning in the Three Countries Park” Annet Kempenaar, Wageningen Universiteit, The Netherlands (partner TPG)

15:20 Coffee Break

15:40 “Outlook on common policy actions: Green-blue Infrastructure as a next step?”                            Anja Brüll and Matti Wirth, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

16:00 Reactions from the audience
Discussion résumé

Prof. Frank Lohrberg RWTH Aachen University,(Project Leader TPG)

16:40 “A bright future for the cross-border challenges in the Three Countries Park”

Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Regierungspräsident of the German-speaking Community in Belgium and President of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine

16.55 Official presentation of the regional publication LP3LP in four languages

17.00 Drinks and Gallery walk

         Maps elaborated during the LP3LP project will be shown in the corridors


Practical Information

When 14th May 2014
Arrival of participants at 13.30 -14.00,
Start of symposium at 14.00 hours.



The Statenzaal in the southernmost part of the Provincial Government buildings on the island.

You can reach the Statenzaal by walking around the main building over the bridge crossing the Papenwater (entrance 2).

Before heading to the Statenzaal, you may have a look at the exhibition “Mapping the Charlemagne Region” in the Entrance Hall, by entering the main entrance 1 straight from the main parking area (P). 

Provincie Limburg
Limburglaan 10
6229 GA Maaastricht

The Netherlands


Language English

 The Three Countries Park and the LP3LP project

The Three Countries Park (3LP) is a collaborative effort of nine public partners in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Their common aim is to preserve and to manage the countryside area around the so-called MHHAL cities (Maastricht, Hasselt, Heerlen, Aachen and Liège) in a sustainable manner.

The area represents the “green heart of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine” and is characterised by a strong diversity between these major cities and the surrounding rural countryside, and blessed with a rich variety of cultural, historic, landscape, and natural values.

Its important landscape assets provide a strong added value for regional attractiveness. Nevertheless, a cross-border perspective is required to guide rapid landscape transformation such as counter urbanization, economic diversification or agricultural intensification. In that perspective the LP3LP project aims at developing a cross-border 3LP landscape policy for the preservation, development and management of the 3LP landscape.

The LP3LP project is financed by the ESPON 2013 Programme, the European Observation Network for Territorial Development and Cohesion. For more information on the LP3LP project see:


The final report will be published on the website of ESPON in the first half of April 2014


The Stakeholders of the project are the Province of Limburg (The Netherlands, Lead Stakeholder), Wallonia Public Service (Belgium), the Flemish Region (Belgium), City Region of Aachen (Germany), City of Aachen (Germany). Observers of the project are Province of Limburg (Belgium) and Cologne Government Regional Office (Germany).


The Transnational Project Group (TPG) is composed by Aachen University Department of Landscape Architecture (RWTH, Lead Partner), Wageningen University Landscape Architecture Group, and Free University of Brussels (IGEAT).

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact the project leader of the lead stakeholder:

Jan Houwen, Province of Limburg (The Netherlands)


tel. 0031 (0)43 389 7930