The European Green Belt Association e.V. was established during the 8th Pan-European Green Belt Conference in Slavonice (Czech Republic) in September 2014 by 23 organisations, GO and NGO, from 14 countries. The Association was officially registered in February 2015.
Before establishment of the new association, the umbrella structure for cooperating GOs and NGOs has been a loose network. Now a legal body is established representing the initiative and ensuring coordination as well as information exchange among the European Green Belt community.
The vision of the European Green Belt Association e.V. may be described as follows:
The European Green Belt, our shared natural heritage along the line of the former Iron Curtain, is to be conserved and restored to function as an ecological network connecting high-value natural and cultural landscapes, whilst respecting the economic, social and cultural needs of local communities.
The mission of the European Green Belt Association e.V. is to ensure that the European Green Belt is efficiently protected and that its sustainable development is promoted by facilitating an on-going, co-ordinated transboundary co-operation at all levels and across all sectors of society (cf. Statutes of the European Green Belt Association, Preamble).
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