In September 2015, Plateforme pour le Service Citoyen launched a pilot project called ‘Ecological Citizen Service in the Greater Region’, which aims to raise awareness of ecological issues amongst young people and promoting eco-citizenship in Europe.

The Greater Region is a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), which covers Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the French region of Lorraine and Belgian Wallonia with the French and German-speaking communities in Belgium.

The project’s target group is young people (aged 18 to 25) residing in the Greater Region, and its main objective is to give them the opportunity to undertake, on a voluntary basis, a year-long environmental project within the Region.

The pilot project is being carried out by youth/volunteer organisations from four countries: Service national de la jeunesse in Luxembourg, Service Civique and CRISTEEL in France, Plateforme pour le Service Citoyen in Belgium, and Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr – Rhineland Palatinate in Germany. These organisations are also working in collaboration with the Greater Region ‘s Environment Education Network.

On 13 November 2015, the volunteers involved in the project took part in a collective action for the preservation of biodiversity and wildlife in Gaume Nature Park in Wallonia. Watch TvLux’s report here: http://www.tvlux.be/video/autre/nature/service-citoyen-50-jeunes-bruxellois-plantent-des-haies-pour-le-parc-naturel-de-gaume_20300.html.