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.



R+D-Project "Advancing the European Green Belt initiative"

September 2011 - November 2014

How can the activities and the stakeholders in the 24 countries along the European Green Belt be organized, communicated, coordinated and financed? This was the central question and challenge being met in the project “Advancing the European Green Belt initiative”. The project started in September 2011 and ended in November 2014. It was conducted by the regional coordinators for the Green Belt Central Europe and Balkan, BUND and EuroNatur and supported by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with funding from the German Environmental Ministry.

The main topics were

  • the development of a sustainable internal and external communication structure
  • the organisation and long-term maintenance of coordination activities including a new over-all coordination structure and the development of suitable financial support concepts

Regular working group meetings and the two Pan-European conferences in 2012 (Mavrovo) and 2014 (Slavonice) enabled the joint elaboration, discussion and decision processes. Early in the project, a Coordination Group was established and met twice a year.This was the basis for the current governance structure and the establishment for the European Green Belt Association e.V.


The results of the project were comprehensively presented during the 8th Pan European Green Belt Conference in September 2014 in Slavonice (Czech Republic) in several presentations concerning communication structure and outreach, governance and funding.