Brussels, in partnership with the Belgian Royal Institute of Natural Sciences and the Brussels Water Board, launched the first Labo ID on Thursday evening at 6.30pm. It took place at the Natural Science museum in the rue Vautier. The Labo ID will run on Friday from 9am to 4.30pm at the museum. Its aim is to show what the park might be like in the future.
This initiative has happened through a public institution, a scientific institution and the civil company working together. It unites all parties involved in, and users of, the park. This open day is to highlight links and common points between the different projects running in Léopold park, and offer a shared vision of the site’s future. It should help to form a management plan. This project showcases, among other things, a biodiversity route that had been temporarily set up in the park. Representatives for the project to transform the old Eastman Institute into the European History museum will also be present. It has already been criticized by residents, due to preservation of heritage and European institution’s involvement in managing the park.
The Labo ID is the first step in a scientist-citizen-politician triangulation. It was launched by the Brussels councilor for Green areas Ahmed El Ktibi. This collegiate initiative could be followed by more based on Brussels.