The Green Belt Initiative

25 February 2008 | Project completed

The vision: „To create the backbone of an ecological network, running from the Barents to the Black Sea that is a global symbol for transboundary cooperation in nature conservation and sustainable development.“

The European Green Belt inititative has the vision to create the backbone of an ecological network that runs from the Barents to the Black sea, spanning 23 countries and some of the most important habitats for biodiversity and almost all distinct biogeographical regions in Europe.

By following a course that was in large sections part of the former east-western border - one of the most divisive barriers in history - it symbolizes the global effort for joint, cross border activities in nature conservation and sustainable development.

The Green Belt connects National Parks, Nature Parks, Biosphere Reserves and transboundary protected areas as well as non-protected areas along or across borders and it supports regional development initiatives based on nature conservation. The objectives range from the local to the global level. The Green Belt is an initiative that is tailored to fit the current political situation and the development taking place now, focussing on some of Europes most impressive and fragile landscapes.

Partners within the initiative are national and international NGOs, state agencies for nature conservation and regional development, protected areas' management authorities and the regional coordinators and national focal points – representing IUCN members. The secretariat for the European Green Belt is hosted by the IUCN Regional Office for Europe.

Partners and Donors: Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Euronatur, Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland, Association of Zapovedniks and National Parks of North-West Russia
Contact email: see@iucn.org