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In order to promote the exploration of Luxembourg's natural heritage, the Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development and the Nature and Forests Agency have developed an awareness and discovery project entitled “State of Nature” (État de la Nature). 

Luxembourg's Minister of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Carole Dieschbourg, and the Deputy Director of the Nature and Forests Agency, Frank Wolff, presented the project at a press conference held on Friday at the Mirador Visitor Centre in Steinfort.

The project includes a "passport" to the fictitious country of "State of Nature". People of all ages can now explore the natural wonders and discover the protected areas and biodiversity of this fictitious state by walking the several marked trails of the Nature and Forests Agency. Holders of such a "passport" are then invited to complete it with the stamps of the "DobausseMinistär", or Ministries of Strange Affairs, located at the office of the Antropical association, and the five Nature and Forest Centres, known as "embassies" of the State of Nature: Burfelt (Insenborn), A Wiewesch (Manternach), Mirador (Steinfort), Ellergronn (Esch-sur-Alzette) and Biodiversum (Remerschen). A map of the country will be given at the same time as the passport and contains a selection of nature trails for educational purposes, the location of national protected areas as well as cycle paths and connecting paths to get from one centre to another by using different transport means, while favouring soft mobility.

Participants can send their passports with six stamps to the Nature and Forests Agency (mentioning "DobausseMinistär"; 81 Avenue de la Gare, L-9233 Diekirch) to be able to participate in the grand draw. The winners will be awarded, among other things, a picnic for ten people with local products and a hiking backpack filled with local products. To participate, apply for the passport free of charge at the various tourist information offices in the regions or at one of the five Nature and Forest Centres mentioned above.

The State of Nature campaign will end with the draw on 15 October 2020.