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Newsletter August 2017

Dear members of the European Green Belt Association,
dear colleagues and friends of the European Green Belt,

When it comes to the practical implementation of activities on the ground, the local population and the municipalities are a main factor for success for our work at the European Green Belt. The special role of municipalities is appreciated by the European Green Belt Association with the award “Model municipality of the European Green Belt”. It is assigned to municipalities with outstanding commitment for the European Green Belt.

One example is the village of Leopoldschlag in Austria which was recently awarded for its long-lasting commitment for the protection and development of the border river Maltsch/Malše and its floodplains. The European Green Belt Association intends to award model municipalities in the four regions of the European Green Belt every year. We are looking forward to receive further nominations.

This issue’s contributions not only give you a glimpse of the nature pearls along the European Green Belt but also introduce people with a special dedication for the natural and cultural heritage along the former Iron Curtain, like the farmers in Goričko Nature Park or at the German Green Belt and the local population at Mura River.

But the European Green Belt is more than the crucial local level. The pan-European dimension adds value to the local and regional levels and offers unique opportunities for cooperation and exchange. In this respect we would like to point out the importance of the EU concept of Green Infrastructure for our work and the potential that the European Green Belt is able to unfold here. Following a thorough evaluation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, the European Commission has recently adopted the EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy to improve their implementation and boost their contribution towards reaching the EU's biodiversity targets for 2020. The Action Plan focuses on four priority areas and comprises 15 actions to be carried out between now and 2019.

One important aspect of the Action Plan is the implementation of Green Infrastructure. This shows that the process is ongoing and that we are on a good way with further elaborating the potential of the European Green Belt for the implementation of Green Infrastructure. This is one of our major focuses in a current project funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. First results will be shared in one of the following issues of this newsletter.

We wish you a joyful summer time and many opportunities to experiences the wealth of nature at the European Green Belt.
 
Gabriel Schwaderer
Executive Director of EuroNatur,
on behalf of the Chair of the European Green Belt Association

Content
  1. Programme of Work 2017-2018 gives guideline for the European Green Belt Association
  2. Long-lasting dedication awarded: Leopoldschlag is model municipality at the European Green Belt
  3. A press trip to natural beauties of the Green Belt
  4. Press journey in the border triangle Austria-Czech Republic-Germany discovers hidden treasures
  5. Mura River under serious threat of hydropower dams in Slovenia
  6. Who has the most beautiful meadow in Goričko Nature Park?
  7. “Closing the gaps in the German Green Belt” - Crucial breakthroughs achieved
  8. Farmers and conservationists jointly protect valuable hedgerows at the German Green Belt
  9. Innovative ideas for trilateral protected area in the Shar Mountains
  10. Primeval beech forests at the Albanian Green Belt added to the UNESCO World Heritage List
  11. Further Announcements
  12. Upcoming Events

Please send your contribution for the next newsletter until 22 September 2017 to association@europeangreenbelt.org

The European Green Belt Newsletter comes out four times a year. The next issue will be sent out in early November 2017. This is your opportunity to share the great things you all are working on at different places along the European Green Belt! Please send us a brief text and photos about your latest activities:

•    Any stories about how a project is bringing us closer to our vision?
•    Any interesting events you have organized or attended?
•    Have you produced any documents or resources to share?
•    Relevant announcements and upcoming events?

Please keep the text to 100-250 words, and send us an image with a brief description of the photo and corresponding photo credits. We keep the right to slightly shorten and modify the text if necessary (major changes will be coordinated with you).

If appropriate, the contribution will also be published on the website of the European Green Belt.

River Radika
River Radika near Jance, Macedonia © Theresa Schiller
Programme of Work 2017-2018 gives guideline for the European Green Belt Association
During the 9th Pan-European Green Belt Conference in 2016 in Koli, Finland, key activities for the European Green Belt Association were identified jointly with all participants based on a previous participatory process. At the following General Assembly of the association the members selected four main fields of action for the Programme of Work 2017-2018 for the European Green Belt Association. The Programme of Work is now the main guideline for the association.

The four fields of action cope with the specific role of the European Green Belt Association and focus on tasks which need implementation at the larger scale and/or a coordinated approach: Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange, Lobbying, and Awareness Raising and Education. A fourth field of action focuses on the stimulation of joint projects on a pan-European level. All identified key activities aim at continuing and advancing the joint efforts of the European Green Belt Initiative, e.g. by increasing the visibility of the European Green Belt and the understanding of its contribution to relevant policies on European level such as Green Infrastructure.

The implementation of the Programme of Work is now the joint task of all members of the association. The Board members, however, have taken particular responsibility for the Programme of Work. Still the support of all members is important as the European Green Belt Association lives through the participation and initiative of the European Green Belt Community.

The Programme of Work 2017-2018 for the European Green Belt Association can be viewed and downloaded here. If you have questions or feel that your organization is able to contribute to specific tasks of the Programme of Work please get in touch with us.

'Model Municipality' Leopoldschlag
Liana Geidezis (far left), BUND (deputy chair of the European Green Belt Association and Regional Coordinator Green Belt Central Europe) and Hubert Weiger (far right), chairman of BUND handed over the award to Wolfgang Sollberger (head of the Green Belt Information Center Leopoldschlag), Josef Limberger (chair of the Upper Austrian League for Nature Conservation) and Hubert Koller (mayor of Leopoldschlag) (from left to right).
© BUND Project Office Green Belt
Long-lasting dedication awarded: Leopoldschlag is model municipality at the European Green Belt
On 10 July 2017 the municipality of Leopoldschlag, a village at the Austrian-Czech Green Belt with 1,058 inhabitants, was awarded as Green Belt model municipality by the European Green Belt Association. BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany), Regional Coordinator for the Central European Green Belt, presented the award. In cooperation with the Upper Austrian League for Nature Conservation (Naturschutzbund Oberösterreich) Leopoldschlag is engaged in the protection and development of the border river Maltsch/Malše and its floodplains for years. The Natura 2000 area “Maltsch” designated in 1998 covers the Austrian part of the border river and its pastures. The area is home to endangered species such as black grouse, kingfisher, pearl mussel, lynx and river otter. In addition, the common snipe is regularly breeding in the flood-influenced areas.

In 2005, the “Natura 2000 European Green Belt – Information Center Leopoldschlag” was set up as the first European Green Belt Information Center. With exhibitions and regular cross-border events (excursions, hikes, etc.), the center informs about the Green Belt and the Natura 2000 area. Since then also the "Green Belt Camps Maltsch" have been implemented every year: Within the framework of these international youth camps valuable areas are maintained. In close cooperation with the landscape management association Freiwald-Maltsch a grazing project with water buffalos was initiated in 2014 to preserve valuable wetlands and their specific species. Furthermore, the buffalo project has also been established as a tourist attraction and “water buffalo tours” are offered regularly.

The award “Model municipality of the European Green Belt” is assigned to municipalities with outstanding commitment for the European Green Belt. Criteria are, amongst others, designation and/or effective management of protected areas, preservation of the natural values and/or cultural landscape along the European Green Belt, strong transboundary cooperation, support of nature-friendly and socially equitable regional development. Each year one municipality per region may be awarded. In 2015 the award was presented for the first time to the municipality of Haidmühle in Germany. The criteria for the award may be accessed here.

For more information on the awarding of Leopoldschlag please contact Melanie Kreutz.

River Raab
Flood plains of River Raab © Austrian League of Nature Conservation
A press trip to natural beauties of the Green Belt
During a two-day press tour in April some of the “pearls” along Austria's south-eastern Green Belt in the region of Styria and the Burgenland at the border to Slovenia and Hungary were visited. Many of the sites at the heart of the European Green Belt could only be preserved through the commitment of the Austrian League for Nature Conservation.

Water courses were the focus of this trip to the Green Belt, which Austria shares with its south-eastern neighbouring countries. The perfectly restored river Mura was visited offering a still functioning boat mill and - as a real highlight - the DNA-shaped Mur Tower, which grants visitors a panoramic view of the unique natural area of the Mura floodplains. The itinerary also included a visit to the river Raab, marking the border between Hungary and the Burgenland. It was recently brought back to life by acquiring river meadows and reconnecting oxbows.

Worthy of note is also the still extremely rich and varied cultural landscape in this region. "Protect through use" is the motto, not only at the sandy slope in Gosdorf, whose south-facing terraces provide habitats for extremely rare heat-loving species. In the three-country nature park Raab-Örseg-Goricko traditionally maintained moist meadows and richly structured field areas form a clear contrast to the surrounding, partly intensively used agricultural land, thus making the Green Belt a retreat for rare species. Participants of the press trip were even able to see some of the special inhabitants of this impressive section of the European Green Belt, namely southern festoon, kingfisher, common sandpiper, river mussel, grey wagtail and map butterfly.

Great impressions and insights can be found in the travel diary of the "travelwriter", who accompanied the trip (only in German).

The press trip was carried out as part of the project “Public Relations Work for the Green Belt in Austria”, implemented by Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) in cooperation with Naturschutzbund Österreich (Austrian League for Nature Conservation), supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the European Union.

For more information please contact Christine Pühringer.

Press journey in border triangle
Josef Svoboda (left) and Petr Žemlička (second from left) from the Czech Forestry Authority informed journalists about the virgin forest “Žofínský prales” at the Green Belt Central Europe. © BUND Project Office Green Belt
Press journey in the border triangle Austria-Czech Republic-Germany discovers hidden treasures
From 10 to 12 July 2017 BUND (Regional Coordinator Green Belt Central Europe) conducted a press trip to several locations along the Green Belt in the Austrian-Czech-German border triangle. Journalists and representatives from NGOs and GOs participated. The Green Belt region between the transboundary national parks Šumava/Bavarian Forest in the West and the Natura 2000 area Novohradské hory/Freiwald in the East harbours valuable habitats, especially mires, wetlands, species-rich grass-lands and remnants of virgin forests. Species like lynx, river otter, common viper, northern birch mouse or capercaillie occur here.

One of the last Central European virgin forests could be discovered in Novohradské hory (Czech Republic): With special permission and guidance from the Czech Forestry Authority the participants got an insight into the approximately 100 ha large virgin forest “Žofínský prales”, protected since 1838. Furthermore, the first European Green Belt Information Center and the water buffalo project in the municipality of Leopoldschlag (Upper Austria) for maintenance of valuable wetlands along the border river Maltsch/Malše were visited. The border history of the region was experienced during a trip to the razed village Zettwing/Cetviny at the Czech side of the border. In Šumava National Park one of the largest projects for renaturation of mires (85 ha) is located: Degraded by peat extraction until 2000, the mire “Soumarske rašelinistě” is today again a place for nature. On the Bavarian side (Germany) BUND purchased approximately 50 ha of valuable mires and wetlands funded by the Bavarian climate protection programme. In these areas implementation measures e. g. for the endangered common viper are conducted.

For more information please contact Melanie Kreutz.

oxbows near Mura River
Guided walk along the oxbows close to the Mura River © Nataša Bavec
Mura River under serious threat of hydropower dams in Slovenia
Mura River is one of the biodiversity hotspots in Slovenia with over 600 kinds of plants, more than 200 bird and 51 fish species, 50 dragonfly, 15 amphibian and 1200 butterfly species as well as 30 different types of mammals. Although Mura River is one of the most Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Slovenia, Natura 2000 site and part of the future five-country UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube, the Slovenian Government has serious plans to build the first hydropower dam in Hrastje-Mota, which would have devastating impacts on the biodiversity of Mura River according to the Environmental Report. Two events were organized at Mura River to raise awareness on the importance of free-flowing and clean rivers, the “Nature-day with Mura” and a “Big Jump”.

In order to present the biodiversity of Mura River to the public and local population, experts of four NGOs carried out the “Nature-day with Mura” in Radenci on 7 May 2017 within the campaign “Save the Mura”. Along the Mura river branches and within the alluvial forest, members of DOPPS-BirdLife Slovenia presented most common and significant bird species like collared flycatcher and middle spotted woodpecker. Members of the Rainbow Society stressed that Pomurje region together with Mura River is a very active geological area and therefore it is dangerous for people and nature to build big infrastructure elements like dams. Members of the institute Lutra showed footsteps and excrements of the European otter to the participants and informed about the European beaver. The Slovenian Odonata Society found different species of small invertebrates in one of the many oxbows, e.g. larvae of rare dragonfly species.

On 9 July 2017, on the European River Swimming Day, a “Big Jump” was organized at Mura River along the border to Austria. Being the third Big Jump into Mura River, this year’s jump took place in Weitersfeld-Sladki Vrh. More than 150 people joined, twice as much as last year. An exhibition on fish species in Mura River was set up by the Society Norost na meji and the Fish Society Mura Paloma. There was a friendly atmosphere in the air and the past border situation seemed far away. Until 1989 it was controlled by border patrols of soldiers on both sides and swimming as well as sailing along the river was not allowed. Now people from both sides of the river took the opportunity to express their wish for a free-flowing Mura.

On the European River Swimming Day people swim in European rivers at the same time, from the source and glaciers down to the seas and oceans. Since 2005 more than 2,000 events in 34 countries have brought together over 200,000 citizens.

Here you may find more information about the campaign “Save the Mura”.

More information about the Big Jump is available at the project’s website.

Goričko Nature Park
Visiting one of the meadows together with the farmer © Gregor Domanjko
Who has the most beautiful meadow in Goričko Nature Park?
The Public Institute Goričko Nature Park in Slovenia carried out a championship for the most beautiful meadow in Goričko Nature Park in June 2017. The management of meadows has a significant impact on many endangered plants and animals e.g. butterflies, wild bees and bumble-bees. The goals of the championship are to draw attention to the biodiversity of meadows, to encourage farmers to maintain the meadows in a more natural way and to reward those farmers who already apply good agricultural practice on grasslands. The championship was organized for the seventh time.

This year twelve farmers and land owners decided to participate in the championship with meadows all over the Goričko area which is Natura 2000 site as well. After registration each meadow was visited and surveyed by a two-member survey commission. Twelve types of criteria to identify the most beautiful meadow were assessed and discussed with the farmers, e.g. the number of different species from a list of selected plants, different landscape elements like fruit trees, hedges and bushes, time and type of mowing etc. The winner of this year’s championship will be announced at the Annual Autumn Bazaar at Grad castle on 14 October 2017.

For more information about the meadows championship in Goričko Nature Park, please contact Gregor Domanjko.

Cranes
Crane and its offspring at the German Green Belt ©
“Closing the gaps in the German Green Belt” - Crucial breakthroughs achieved
The project “Closing the gaps in the German Green Belt” is being conducted by BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) since 2012. Crucial breakthroughs have now been achieved: an area of 92 ha was secured from intensified land-use and increasing numbers of breeding birds can be observed.

An area of 92 ha along a Green Belt section of 17 km was threatened through privatization of municipal agricultural land. Selling this land to farmers would have meant to create a new and unexpected gap in the unique habitat corridor. In a long and labour-intensive process, BUND achieved that the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt purchased the land under the condition that BUND would in turn purchase it within the next three years from the federal state. As this promise implies high expenses, BUND took a considerable risk but the courage turned out to be rewarded. BUND’s proposal for additional funding through the “Bundesprogramm Biologische Vielfalt” by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has recently been accepted, assuring the financing of the land purchase.

In the project region, the land purchase enabled flooding of meadows and the establishment of new water bodies. A number of bird species such as pewit, common snipe and grey goose discovered the place as breeding area last year. This year two cranes surprised the project team with successful breeding: Watch the film of the first steps of the crane offspring.

The project is financially supported by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

For more information please contact Uwe Friedel.

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German Green Belt
New brink in June – providing excellent habitat for ground-nesting birds © André Maslo
Farmers and conservationists jointly protect valuable hedgerows at the German Green Belt
Local hedge structures at the German Green Belt are valuable relicts of the former partition of Germany. In December 2016 representatives of the Thuringian nature conservation authorities, the Conservation Trust Thuringia (Stiftung Naturschutz Thüringen), the project “Rodachtal-Lange Berge-Steinachtal”, the chairman of the local farmer´s association, the rural district Kronach and the Ecological educational establishment Upper Franconia conservation center moated castle Mitwitz (Ökologische Bildungsstätte Oberfranken) met to discuss their development.

Local hedge structures had grown into the farmland, so that mowing was difficult on bordering meadows. The local farmer´s chairman inducted a practical solution which simultaneously was meant to bring advantage to the development of these biotopes.

So with good will of all people involved a quick solution was found: The chairman and farmer Mr. Schwarz was granted to remove the bushes on his grounds, but also assigned to take away two additional meters of the structures beyond the boundary stones. In a win-win situation new habitats for plants, bees, birds and mammals (as hedgehog or hare) will develop on these “refreshed” hedge-boundaries.

For more information please contact Dr. André Maslo.

Wolf in Osogovo Mountains
Participants of the study tour to the transboundary area of the national parks
Bavarian Forest (Germany) and Šumava (Czech Republic). © Hans Kiener
Innovative ideas for trilateral protected area in the Shar Mountains
From 19 to 23 June 2017 representatives of different GOs and NGOs from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, accompanied by representatives from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and EuroNatur, visited the transboundary area of the national parks Bavarian Forest (Germany) and Šumava (Czech Republic) at the Central European Green Belt. Purpose of the study tour was to introduce the participants to strategic and operational set-ups and preconditions for a well-functioning transboundary ecosystem management.

The successful cooperation mechanisms of the two national parks Bavarian Forest and Šumava has the potential to serve as best practice. During the study tour the participants attended a series of presentations, excursions and extensive discussions with representatives from both national parks. Additionally, they had the chance to establish ties with their respective counterparts. At the end of the study tour a workshop was held, aiming at identifying the most relevant capacity training needs for the institutions which are involved in the possible establishment of a transboundary protected area in the Shar Mountains. Based on this assessment several training workshops will be implemented in the next months.

The study tour was part of the Transboundary Ecosystem Management (TEM) Project of the Open Regional Fund for South-East Europe - Biodiversity (ORF BD) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The tour was organized by EuroNatur with the support of the National Park Bavarian Forest. The project aims at the development of transboundary cooperation mechanisms in the transboundary conservation area of Shar/Sar-Planina/Korab-Koritnik region and at building capacities for concrete transboundary management activities.

For further information please contact Mareike Brix.

Wolf in Osogovo Mountains
On the steep slopes of the Shebenik-Jablanica Mountains the beech forests have been spared
from human interference thanks to their secluded location. © Hannes Knapp
Primeval beech forests at the Albanian Green Belt added to the UNESCO World Heritage List
In July 2017 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to add 63 beech forests in ten European countries to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Amongst them are two sites at the Albanian Green Belt: Rrajca and Lumi I Gashit. Both areas are ecological treasures characterized by impressive mountains with the most relevant remnants of primeval beech forests in Albania.

The two sites Rrajca (core zone of the Shebenik-Jablanica National Park in the southeastern part of Albania) and Lumi I Gashit (Strict Nature Reserve in the planned National Park Albanian Alps in Northern Albania) have a significant importance for the protection of beech forests in Europe. Since the latest annual session of the World Heritage Committee, the list includes primeval beech forests stretching over 12 countries, extending the World Natural Heritage which already existed since 2007/2011 into the site “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”. The nomination as World Heritage is a great opportunity for future management and sustainable development of the areas.

From June 2015 until July 2017, EuroNatur and PPNEA (Protection and Preservation of Natural Environment in Albania) jointly implemented the project “Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development at the Green Belt Albania” which accompanied the process of designating the two areas as World Heritage. The project was financially supported by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with funding from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Find out more about the natural treasures of the old beech forests in the nomination movie to the UNESCO.

The official description of the World Heritage Site “Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe” is available here.

For more information please contact Spase Shumka.

Further Announcements
Green Belt Camp
New English brochure “Traces of the Past” about the German Green Belt

BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) is proud to present its practical field guide to the border area and German Green Belt history to international visitors. A brochure which has recently been translated into English contains detailed description and pictures of the fortification structures and illustrations as well as comparative photos of 1989 and today. The brochure was elaborated together with the Borderland Museum Eichsfeld (Thuringia, Germany) and co-financed by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

The electronic version is available here.

For more information and to order printed versions please contact BUND Project Office Green Belt.

Upcoming Events
Green Belt Camp
Green Belt Camp in Austria © A. Abfalter
Join an International Green Belt Camp in Austria

Working for one week with like-minded young people in and for nature and actively help protecting rare species on the European Green Belt. If this sounds interesting, then you should register now for one of the International Green Belt Camps of the Austrian League for Nature Conservation. Participants aged 18 and over, who want to spend a week during the summer lending a hand to nature are welcome.

Green Belt Camp Höll (Styria)
16 – 21 August 2017

Along the boundary stream Kutschenitza (national borders between Austria and Slovenia) near St. Anna am Aigen, situated within the Natura 2000 area, there is still a rich variety within the species of the wooded areas and grassland. These are habitats for rare and endangered species as, for example, the saw-tailed bush-cricket, the Styrian mantispid, the narrow-leaved lungwort and the Pannonian thistle. In order to optimize the biotope and to boost networking, the Austrian League for Nature Conservation Styria organizes a workshop in the context of the Austrian Green Belt Camps teaching approved methods concerning dry stone walls, stone lenses and more.

Registration: frank.weihmann@naturschutzbundsteiermark.at

Workcamp in the Northern Weinviertel (Lower Austria)
18 – 24 September 2017

In the Austrian-Czech border area in the Northern Weinviertel, there are valuable dry-grass pockets with rare animal and plant species. Within the scope of the Green Belt Workcamp, young people from several countries together with local residents will mow and maintain sensitive meadows, thereby contributing to the preservation of valuable habitats.

Registration: noe@naturschutzbund.at
Green Belt Camp
The three mayors of the municipalities of the Prespa region (Pustec/AL, Resen/MK, and Prespa/GR)
attended the European Green Belt Day 2016 and expressed the importance to jointly protect
the natural value of the transboundary region. © Fejmi Daut
European Green Belt Day at the Balkan Green Belt organized for the second time

This year’s Green Belt Day will take place on 24 September 2017 at different locations along the Balkan Green Belt. The European Green Belt Day was initiated in 2016 to celebrate the second anniversary of the foundation of the European Green Belt Association as well as to turn public attention to special pearls at the European Green Belt.

All the more we are delighted to celebrate the third anniversary of the foundation of the European Green Belt Association again with a Green Belt Day in all nine countries of the Balkan Green Belt. Information about the different events will be provided at the beginning of September on the website of the initiative.

European Green Belt
European Green Belt and its course along the four regions
European Green Belt Association e.V.
The European Green Belt Association e.V. was established during the 8th Pan-European Green Belt Conference in Slavonice (Czech Republic) on 24 September 2014 by 23 organizations, GO and NGO, from 14 countries. The Association was officially registered in February 2015 for the first time. Eventually the registration process was successfully completed in November 2015 and the European Green Belt Association was granted charitable status. In the meantime the association consists of 29 members from 15 countries all along the European Green Belt.
Before the establishment of the new association, the umbrella structure for cooperating GOs and NGOs has been a loose network. With the Association, a legal body is established representing the initiative and ensuring coordination as well as information exchange among the European Green Belt community.

Vision and Mission of the Association

The vision of the European Green Belt Association e.V. has been agreed on 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 ongoing coordinated transboundary cooperation at all levels and across all sectors of society.

Current Board Members

The board of the European Green Belt Association e.V. currently consists of 10 organizations:

  •     EuroNatur, chair
  •     BUND, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Germany, deputy chair
  •     Ministry of Environment Finland
  •     Ministry of Environment Albania
  •     Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany (BfN)
  •     Green Federation "GAJA" (Poland)
  •     Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation
  •     Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation (BBF)
  •     BUND Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (state branch of FoE Germany)
  •     IUCN, advisor
Become a member

Most important precondition for membership is the commitment for the European Green Belt. Potential members share and support the vision and the objectives of the European Green Belt Association as set out in its statutes. According to the statutes membership in the European Green Belt Association is possible for legal persons (e.g. non-governmental organizations or foundations), state institutions and natural adult persons having full legal capacity as far as this is permitted by the statutory provisions of his/her/its home country. Depending on his/her/its residence or registered office, the member will be assigned to at least   one of the regional divisions of the European Green Belt (Fennoscandia, Baltic, Central Europe, Balkans).

For any further information please see the website of the European Green Belt.

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