The many mills along its rivers and streams were the source of the name for Luxembourg’s third nature park. In the eastern part of the Grand Duchy, near the border with Germany, 11 municipalities with a total surface area of 256 sq. km. and about 24,500 inhabitants joined forces to form a nature park.
The nature park – a special-purpose association formed by the member municipalities and the State
The nature park is a special-purpose association (Syndicat mixte) formed by the nature park municipalities and the State. You will find here the list of members or the composition of the Board (Comité).
The nature park was established and designated by the Grand Ducal regulation of 17 March 2016. The Grand Ducal decree of 10 June 2016 determined the administration of the nature park for a 10-year term.
What is a nature park?
Nature parks support the sustainable development of a region – this means that social, ecological and economic concerns are taken into consideration equally. This can only be put into practice with the people who live and work in the region or who visit our region. People are at the focal point of the nature park concept. Nature parks are not fenced-in conservation areas. Nor should they be confused with national parks, in which nature conservation takes precedence.
Why a nature park?
Only regions that have a unique natural and cultural heritage can become a nature park. Nature parks promote sustainable use of this heritage and at the same time support economic and socio-cultural development.
In addition, the nature park strengthens regional cooperation and provides an ideal platform for European projects. Owing to its positive connotations, the “Nature Park” label enhances the region’s image.
Another benefit is that it has its own staff, who are available with their expert knowledge and improve the range of recreational and leisure activities for locals and tourists.
What does the nature park do?
As a nature park cannot have responsibility for everything, its work should focus on specific topics. Six important topics – known as key themes – were defined for the region, together with the citizens and all interested players.
Passing on knowledge
Collecting, processing and passing on knowledge about a region – be it in the field of flora and fauna, history and culture or handcrafts and architecture – are core regional-development tasks that are performed by the nature park.
The nature park region is supplied to a large extent with drinking water from its own springs and the importance of clean drinking water and clean rivers and streams is elementary for the population – the nature park therefore supports the protection of groundwater and all water courses.
A wooded region
The proportion of forest here (in the Mëllerdall Nature Park) is above the national average of 34%: wood from local forests is an important regional resource whose responsible use and regional processing are supported by the nature park.
Regional products can be ambassadors of the nature park concept and an important element of a local and sustainable economy – that’s why the nature park would like to promote the development and sale of such products.
A multi-faceted landscape is not only of great importance in nature conservation, but also contributes significantly to the well-being and quality of life of the population and visitors – the nature park is committed to conserving or restoring this diversity.
A region worth living in
Preserving the quality of life, developing utility services, aiming for adapted development of housing and promoting a clean environment are aspects that make a region worth living in and are therefore promoted by the nature park.