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.



GIS Mapping Project

Development of a Common Geo Database as a professional Basis for Conservation and Development of the European Green Belt

The Green Belt initiative aims to conserve valuable habitats along the former “Iron Curtain” and adjoining areas and to enable a pan-European habitat network. In order to do so besides project coordination and initiation and realisation of conservation efforts on all levels the creation of a common geo-database as professional basis for conservation and development is required.

The objective of this project is to

  • provide information and links to important protected areas

  • identify priority areas for future projects
  • record preconditions for Green Belt projects

  • publish results scientifically as well as in marketing
form regional identities based on natural values
gain influence on spatial planning in border areas.

The research and development project is supposed to lay the foundations - on the level of geographical and factual data - for putting international and national conservation efforts on a factual footing. In order to establish a common and transboundary geo-database as a professional basis for conservation and development of the European Green Belt, information from the participating states is to be brought together.

This requires the unification of all national and international geographic data concerning conservation areas along the European Green Belt, by means of cartographic transformation and projection processes. Once the data is stored in one single geographical information system, it can be used for further analysis and processing.

This project is funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the German Federal Foundation for Environment Protection (DBU).

Maps from GIS-Mapping Project:




The borders of all countries displayed within this project are taken from ESRI sources (Environmental Systems Research Institute), and not based on precise shapefiles from the partner organizations. As a consequence the displayed state borders may differ from the exact recognized course of the state borders and all maps shown in the frame of the project should not be used in a scale larger than 1:500.000. (i.e. The inacuracy of the provided border of the Republic of Croatia has been indicated by the Croatian partner.)