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From Paper To - Baltic Green Belt

From Paper To - Baltic Green

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE GREEN BELT – FROM PAPER TO PRACTICE. 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCES IN GERMANY Dr. Uwe Riecken, Dr. Karin Ullrich German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Uwe.Riecken@BfN.DE Introduction In the area of the Iron Curtain, which formed an inhumane border between East and West throughout Europe, over the last decades a belt of mostly valuable habitats has developed. This Green Belt harbours many endangered species and ecosystems. Due to its integrity and linear character it connects many large natural landscapes and forms an important backbone of an ecological network. Furthermore, it is an important part of the German national natural heritage. The German Green Belt has a length of 1,393 km and forms part of the largest national ecological network existing within Germany. On its way it touches nine federal states, 38 administrative districts and two independent cities. The Green Belt includes all major landscape types in Germany except the alpine region. In some regions, it forms the last remaining close to natural structure within the countryside. 20 years ago the term Grünes Band – Green Belt was used for the first time within a resolution adopted by the participants of one of the very first meeting of nature conservationists from East and West on 9th of December 1989 in Hof (Bavaria). This meeting organised by the German brand of Friends of the Earth (Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland, BUND) can be considered as the historical starting point of the Green Belt initiative in Germany. After that the first Large Scale Nature Conservation Projects have been implemented and a number of additional activities have been started. Large Scale Nature Conservation Projects Already in 1992 the first Large Scale Nature Conservation Project “Schaalsee Landscape” has been implemented. This project has been funded by the German Government with approximately € 25 million until 2009. The lake Schaalsee in the border area between Schleswig- Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is located in a scenic 263

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