On 10 June 2021, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment organised the presentation of the Council of Europe Landscape Award to the Project “Renaturation of the Aire river”. In accordance with the decision of the Committee of Ministers, this Award was given by the Secretariat General of the Council of Europe to the Republic and Canton of Geneva and the following partners:
- Switzerland. Municipalities: Bernex, Confignon, Perly-Certoux and Onex; Environmental Associations: Association for the Protection of the Aire and its tributaries; ProNatura Geneva; World Wide Fund for Nature-Geneva; Association of inhabitants: “Living in Lully”; Farmers’ association: AgriGenève, Union Vegetable Market of Geneva; Office: “Superpositions” Group;
- France. Federation of municipalities of Genevois: Archamps, Haute-Savoie.
The approach of the Project, to let the new river shape its own bed by giving free rein to the game of erosions while transforming the old canal into a linear park with walks, public squares, kind of large landscape garden, are at the base of its success with the citizens.
This very nice achievement is now part of the Landscape Award Alliance of the Council of Europe.