The European Green Belt, our shared natural heritage along the line of the former Iron Curtain, is to be conserved and restored as an ecological network connecting high-value natural and cultural landscapes while respecting the economic, social and cultural needs of local communities.



Latest issue of European Green Belt Newsletter published

The latest issue of the European Green Belt Newsletter has been published. Issue 6 informs about the Programme of Work 2017-2018 of the European Green Belt Association, the awarding of Leopoldschlag as "Model Municipality of the European Green Belt", the inscription of precious beech forests at the European Green Belt into the World Heritage List, and gives an insight into recent outcomes of ongoing projects.

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Every three months the European Green Belt Association publishes the European Green Belt Newsletter to share up to date information on activities, events, and inititiatives on the European Green Belt.

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From Iron Curtain to Lifeline

An extraordinary ecological network and living memorial landscape has been developed along the former Iron Curtain, which divided the European continent into East and West for nearly 40 years. Along more than 12,500 kilometres – from the Barents Sea at the Russian-Norwegian border, along the Baltic Coast, through Central Europe and the Balkans to the Black Sea – the border zone granted nature a pause. Unwittingly, the once-divided Europe encouraged the conservation and development of valuable habitats. The border area served as a retreat for many endangered species.

Today the Green Belt forms the backbone of the Pan-European ecological network and provides a significant contribution to the European ‘Green Infrastructure’.

The European Green Belt connects 16 EU countries, four candidate countries (Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Turkey), two potential candidates (Kosovo, Albania) and two non-EU countries (Russia and Norway). Almost 150 governmental and non-governmental organisations from these countries have come together in the Green Belt Initiative. The European Green Belt Initiative was born in 2003, when various existing regional initiatives merged into one European initiative. Besides its extraordinary ecological importance, the initiative is a living example of how Europe and its diverse cultures can truly grow together. From the European Green Belt, we can learn that biological diversity goes hand in hand with cultural diversity. It is a symbol for transboundary cooperation and a Europe’s shared natural and cultural heritage.

The Green Belt connects National Parks, Nature Parks, Biosphere Reserves and transboundary protected areas as well as non-protected areas along or across borders, and promotes regional development initiatives in the field of nature conservation.

More information: Fact Sheet 2002-2016