Genk – North-west District

The north-western portion of the city of Genk includes the three former mining sites of Zwartberg, Waterschei and Winterslag. This area includes the neighbourhoods of Zwartberg, Nieuwe Kempen, Waterschei, Nieuw Texas, Boxbergheide and Winterslag, in all approximately 23,000 residents. The population of this part of the city is highly diversified. It is faced with various problems such as low level of education, considerable unemployment, a weakening of its social cohesion, and increased segregation and degradation. Moreover, the commercial and socio-cultural infrastructures are under pressure. At this time, the consequences of the mine closures are still clearly visible. In order to resolve these problems, the City of Genk is conducting an urban development policy. This encompasses educational support projects, employment- and training-related projects and a great number of district facilitation initiatives (youth clubs, neighbourhood centres, and so on). Similarly, the public domain has not been forgotten and a considerable amount of investment is planned.

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2011-09-14 | Unterstadt district website

As of 14 September 2011, the Unterstadt district now has its own information page on the official Eupen town website. Simply go to: http://www.eupen.be/Wirtschaft/Unterstadt.aspx

2011-07-01 | Hodimont'Zine

The first edition of the new district magazine, Hodimont'Zine, was published on 1 July. It contains all the latest information about the district itself, the activities taking place and the different associations active within the district.

2011-02-11 | Visit to Le Chênelet in Nord pas de Calais

Le Chênelet was originally a social employment and organic farming project. With support from the Interreg IV programme, among others, it has been expanded into an ecological construction company working with local materials. Using this approach it incorporates the four elements of the SUN project.

Each of the places involved in the SUN project has at least prompted similar projects in one form or another. As in Le Chênelet they often link social employment with construction and agricultural services aimed at the most vulnerable target groups in society. More info under www.chenelet.org or HERE

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2010-01-07 | SUN goes online

The SUN projectteam is proud to present the brand new, modern and dynamic website over the project. Enjoy discovering and surfing.

2009-03-31 | Presentation of the SUN project

Christine Ruelle (LEMA-ULg), accompanied by Dirk Knapen (DuBoLimburg), Dieudonné Lequarré (Eco' Hom) and Christoph Küpper (FHS-Aachen), presented the project SUN at the occasion of the North-European Forum on Sustainable Disctricts which was held on March 31st and April 1st in Dunkerque. That was a unique opportunity to exchange views with many other participants from various regions, implied in other projects of sustainable neighbourhoods.