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Source: Koerber FoundationThe organizers of the public participation project “Making Vorpommern better: The Western Pomerania Strategy” are more than satisfied: More than 500 citizens took part in the seven dialogue events, and around 200 suggestions for one were made on the idea card of the online participation platform more livable region together.

The final event took place on October 26th in the barn of the Landsdorf manor in Tribsees from the region. The representatives of the cooperation partners thanked the 75 participants for their intensive participation in the events as well as in the digital space and for the variety of ideas that were introduced. Lothar Dittmer represented the Körber Foundation, Hannelore Kohl the Foundation for Volunteering and Civic Commitment and Jochen Schmidt the State Center for Political Education Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In addition, the Parliamentary State Secretary for Western Pomerania, Patrick Dahlemann, spoke as the project’s patron.More bike paths and more benches on the roadside, taking into account all Corona regulations, the participants met for a total of seven idea workshops as part of the so-called barn tour. The interactive format enabled citizens to exchange ideas personally for a better Western Pomerania. Patron Dahlemann was also present at each of these events and sought direct discussion with the participants. The barn tour took place mainly in rural areas. Venues such as the KulturStall at Klempenow Castle or the art barn in the Katzow Sculpture Park provided a special backdrop and a good atmosphere for dialogue. Parallel to the barn tour, citizens placed and commented on numerous suggestions on the idea card of the online participation platform. For example, they would like to see a steady expansion of cycle paths, more benches on the roadside, educational buses and a school for educators in southern Western Pomerania for an attractive region. Patron Dahlemann announced at the closing event that he would work together with the Western Pomerania Council to implement the most promising ideas. You can find more information and a short film about the project here.


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