Strengthening the riverbanks of the Aa through intensive natural greening (Ref. 1 and 6)
Increasing green spaces in the inner city to foster citizens' recreation, enhance their identification with the place and improve the city's aesthetics (Ref. 6)
Creating an attractive nature trail in the inner city that also serves as a green corridor and connects the city with its outer green spaces (Ref. 1 and 6)
Creating habitats and migration routes for plants, insects, small mammals and birds (Ref. 6).
Disseminating knowledge about the ecological connections and interdependencies in the urban fabric and the city`s history through informative stations / sign posts (Ref. 2)
Increase awareness about the city as an integrated ecosystem and habitat for human-beings, flora and fauna; as well as the importance of nature conservation in urban areas (Ref. 2 and 6)
The Aa promenade was newly paved, accessibility improved, several green maintenance and improvement measures made along the riverbanks and at natural monuments (city wall and wild plant meadow, plants growing on walls of the path). In 18 information points and the accompanying brochure, the following topics are explained: the importance of the lake Aa and desealing of urban spaces for the regulation of the urban microclimate, protected forest species, the importance and maintenance of wild plant meadows and their plants composition, green walls (moss, wall plants etc.), ecological condition and water quality of the river Aa, the importance of urban public green spaces for recreation, the importance of buildings as habitats for indigenous species (eagle), the multiple benefits of illustrative green facades along the way, ecosystem services provided by city trees. Through direct experience and background information, awareness for human-nature connections is created (Ref. 1, 2 and 6).