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.



Borders separate. Nature unites!

The European Green Belt Initiative includes four organizational regions: Fennoscandia, the Baltic Region, Central Europe and the Balkans. The project’s overall steering is done by a coordination group consisting of members from all the regions. Each section is co­ordinated by a regional coordinator. The responsible persons in the individual countries are known as National Focal Points.

By following a course of which large sections were part of the former East-West border – one of the most divisive boundaries in history – the European Green Belt symbolizes the global effort for joint cross-border activities in nature conservation and sustainable development. Moreover, the initiative aims to better harmonise human activities with the natural environment and to increase opportunities for the socio-economic development of local communities.

The Green Belt is an initiative that is tailored to fit the current political situation and current developments, with a focus on some of Europe's most impressive and fragile landscapes. The European Green Belt offers the chance to take one of the world’s leading symbols of human division and transform it into a model for future nature conservation in Europe.

More information: "European Green Belt 2002-2013" Fact Sheet