German Green Belt

Friday, 25 March 2011 - 03:04 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Green Belt Germany map © Lencer

Green Belt Germany map © Lencer

The German Green Belt (Grünes Band Deutschland in German) is a project of Bund Naturschutz (German only), one of Germany’s largest environmental groups. The project was begun in 1989. On the former inner German border, there is a strip of land approximately 1400 km (870 miles) long (with an area of more than 100 km² / 39 mi²) that remained nearly untouched since the construction of the Berlin Wall. The government of GDR wanted a distance between the fence and the actual border, in order to arrest or even shoot people who managed to pass the fence. It stretches from Travemünde on the Baltic to the Czech border, near Hof in Bavaria. A number of endangered species can be found there.

The Bund Naturschutz wants to exert pressure on the Bundesländer to designate several areas as nature reserves and has appealed for donations from the public to enable Bund Naturschutz to acquire properties along the Green Belt.

During the conference “Perspective of the Green Belt” in 2003 in Bonn/Germany the former Russian President Michail Gorbatschow took the patronage for the project. The future vision of the European Green Belt were announced. Soon the realization of the second phase of the project started. Read more on European Green Belt, Wikipedia German Green Belt and Wikipedia European Green Belt.






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