European Green Belt Initiative

Our vision: 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.

An extraordinary ecological network and living memorial landscape has developed along the former Iron Curtain, which divided the European continent into East and West for nearly 40 years. Along 24 countries and 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 and the Adriatic Sea – the border zone granted nature a pause and has created a zone of life. As the European Green Belt snakes from north to south it passes through a huge variety of European landscapes. Today, the European Green Belt forms the backbone of a Pan-European ecological network and provides a significant contribution to European "Green Infrastructure".

The European Green Belt Initiaive aims to harmonise human activities with the natural environment and to increase opportunities for the socio-economic development of local communities.

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For a peaceful, ecological, and united Europe

Members of the Board of the European Green Belt Association signed a declaration for a peaceful, ecological and united Europe


BBC series travels along the European Green Belt

Listen to the three eposides of Walking on the Iron Curtain online


Landmark days for the transboundary Prespa Park

On 23rd and 24th June, the inaugural meetings of the Prespa Park Management Committee and the Working Group on Water Management took place on the shores of Lesser Prespa Lake


We want your opinion

Help us to learn more about the importance of river species, like freshwater pearl mussel, Atlantic salmon, and brown trout. We want to know what YOU think these species contribute to nature and human well-being.


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