Besançon Vaites Citizens' Conference
Katrin Baumann, photographer

Citizens' conference on the future of the Vaîtes district in Besançon

Client: City of Besançon

In the early 2000s, the City of Besançon began thinking about developing the Vaîtes wetlands area into an eco-district. In 2013 the project was adopted by the city council. Strong protests have emerged. Local residents' and ecological associations mobilized against the project and occupied the land in 2020 by creating a ZAD. The new municipality elected in 2020 wanted to question the project. Its reflection is based on two devices: a local IPCC and a citizen conference.

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