What is it you do?
"Malagne, a non-profit association, is a centre for the interpretation of life in the Gallo-Roman era built around the archaeological remains of a Gallo-Roman town that stood here some 2000 years ago. Its primary tasks are to protect the site's archaeological remains and its environment, to provide an interpretation of the site for visiting tourists and schoolchildren, and to partner scientific research by universities and other museums at both national and international level."
What prompted you to seek "Famenne-Ardenne UNESCO Global Geopark Partner" status?
"Becoming a Famenne-Ardenne UNESCO Global Geopark partner is only natural, given our raison d'être and primary aims: to preserve, enhance and hand on our listed archaeological heritage in a protected natural environment. These remains are not here by chance, but as a direct result of the distinctive geological configurations and landscapes of the Calestienne area. And our responsibilities, to tourism, to education, to the local economy and to society, are entirely in keeping with the Geopark's criteria. Our combination of tourist site and living museum in a single locationadds to the wealth of attractions our region has to offer. Becoming a Geopark partner is a unique and additional opportunity to play a part in presenting our region to a wider audience and to benefit from the recognition such a label brings."
What is your approach to sustainable development and environment friendly practices?
"Eco-friendly practices are an integral part of our values. We have introduced waste sorting. Our gardens are pesticide-free, and we plant for biodiversity (hedges, flower meadows, etc.). We also have partnerships in place with Natagora and Contrat Rivière Lesse, and work with them on organising regular nature awareness activities for our visitors. In line with our commitment to sustainable development, we form part of an active local network of associations, many of them community-orientated. We also support local employment, and the barter and sale of local produce."
Sophie Genné, communication officer
Rue du Coirbois, 85
084 22 21 03