Conferences and seminars
European Greenways Association


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Friday June 29th, 2018

08:45 Welcome
09:15 Opening speech
Carlo Di Antonio, Minister, Wallonia (Belgium)
09:25 Start
Adrien Joveneau, moderator
09:30 Why is it necessary to go to the USA to hear about Spanish Vias Verdes ?
Gilbert Perrin, EGWA and association Chemins du Rail (Belgium)
09:40 From the Walloon RAVeL to the European greenways, the role of the Walloon Region
Michel Lebrun, former Minister (Belgium)
09:55 A vision for Reconnecting America : the trigger toward a European Greenways Association
Paul Labovitz (USA)
10:10 EGWA’s birth, the challenges
Joaquin Jiménez, 1st president of EGWA (Spain)
10:25 Break
EGWA’s benefits - The progress in the concept of greenways
10:45 Start
Adrien Joveneau, moderator
10:50 The importance of former railway lines, cross border connections
Christoph Hendrich, Tourism Agency of the East of Belgium (Belgium)
11:05 The influence of other countries on a national project: The results in the Baltic area
Raitis Sijats (Latvia)
11:20 Ireland : from the community movement to a national vision
Denis McAuliffe (Great Southern Trail) & Mary Stack (Failte Ireland) (Ireland)
Management : finance, maintenance, mobility tool
11:40 Start
Adrien Joveneau, moderator
11:45 Ecopistas : the origins, the present and the future
Luis Silvestre & Filipe Beja (former and present managers of the National Greenways Scheme of Portugal ). Infraestructuras de Portugal (Portugal)
12:05 UK wide Sustrans initiative «One Path»
Gordon Clarke, Sustrans (UK)
12:20 The first greenway… And perspectives
Mirko Radovanac (Yugo cycling campaing) & Marija Trmčić Bogojević (Ucize city council) (Serbia)
12:40 Questions-answers
Adrien Joveneau, moderator
13:00 Lunch
Promotion, tourism, heritage
14:00 Start
Adrien Joveneau, moderator
14:05 Namur in the heart of the European cycle routes
Maxime Prévot, Mayor of Namur (Belgium)
14:15 Greenways of Spain, a European example
Carmen Aycart & Arantxa Hernández (Former and current manager of the Vias Verdes program from the Spanish Railways Foundation (Spain)
14:35 Railway and industrial heritage, cycle path or greenway?
Christa Mrozek Wuppertalbewegung e.V. (Germany)
14:50 An exceptional promotion of railway heritage
Sylvia Gleitsmann NÖ Werbung (Lower Austrian Tourism Board) & Christian Schrefel FbW4 (Austria)
15:05 Greenways, heritage and tourism: the point of view of the Walloon Region
Stéphanie Villance, General Commissariat for Tourism (Belgium)
15:15 Break
And now...
15:35 Start
Adrien Joveneau, moderator
15:40 National scheme, cycle routes and greenways, planning and predictions at the scale of a country with 67 million inhabitants
Camille Thomé, departments and cycling regions of France (France)
15:55 Saint-Petersburg and the Baltic zone, soft mobility and greenways projects
Leontief Centre (Russia)
16:10 EGWA and its future
Mercedes Muñoz & Giulio Senes European Greenways Association (Europe)
16:30 Questions- answers
Adrien Joveneau, moderator
16:50 The role of greenways in the development of a sustainable environment in Europe
European Commission – (to be confirmed)
17:00 Closing Drink

Saturday June 30th, 2018

09:30 Meeting point at « Maison des Cyclistes »
Bike ride in the morning to downtown for 1 hour with tasting of a Biétrumé at the tourist information center of the station, then ride along the RAVeL, direction Wépion.
12:00 Lunch at the restaurant « Le Val 9 »
14:00 to 17:00 Bike ride with stop to Wépion for tasting of strawberries
Back to Namur, then change of RAVeL, along the river Sambre.