The New Emscher Valley

Catalyst for the region

The Emscher Conversion is more than the restructuring of a waterway – its vision is a New Emscher Valley. But what does this vision mean; after all, there is no valley between Dortmund and Dinslaken in a topographical sense. It is more about a programme to define a new space that extends far beyond the banks of the river and the open spaces of the Emscher Landscape Park. The New Emscher Valley incorporates the housing developments, infrastructure, business parks and industrial plants of the region: spaces where the urban development of the waterway conversion acts as a catalyst for stakeholders outside the EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT.

The Emscher Future masterplan – A planning project for three areas

In accordance with our role as the regional body responsible for the water management, we look out on the region from the Emscher and its subsidiary waterways. The starting point for our planning is therefore the New Emscher as the core zone, for the future development of which flood protection and ecological function must be ensured. Here, the EMSCHERGENOSSENSCHAFT fulfils its statutory tasks alone. The core zone immediately runs into the integration zone. This is where the masterplan specifies open space and urban development, e.g. in the development of design typology, but also in linking the New Emscher with its surroundings. The integration zone is characterised by the fact that the tasks here are solved together with regional planning partners. The complementary zone is the third zone, and is defined by issues in the wider surroundings. Here, the catalysing effects of the Emscher Conversion can and must be picked up on without our active participation.

A community project for the region

The "Emscher Future" masterplan was developed together with the cities and administrative districts along the Emscher, and supported by unanimous vote of the city and district councils. The masterplan covers the following fields of activity:

  • The New Emscher,
  • Housing development water meadows and ecological network,
  • Emscher trail system,
  • Land development potential in the surrounding area: open spaces,
  • Land development potential in the surrounding area: housing development,
  • Integration of third-party projects and communication.