18 km of new nature area from Zutendaal to Maaseik


Under the high-voltage lines in As, Elia, the operator of the high-voltage lines, and Agentschap Natuur en Bos described how they are going to create 18 km of new nature area.

Kathleen Iwens (Elia): “To transmit energy safely Elia must keep the area under high-voltage lines free of trees. Here we’re going to do so in an environmentally friendly way.”

Elia joined forces with Agentschap Natuur en Bos to develop a plan for managing the entire route for a period of 24 years. They secured commitments from the relevant municipal authorities, nature conservation associations and more than 130 private landowners. Sheep were recently brought in to graze.

Read the press release (in Dutch)