The vision of a “Green Belt” through Europe


European Green Belt is the vision of an ecological network, from the Barents Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south. A continuous belt of protected areas stretching over 12 500 km. The vision is that the Green Belt will stand as a living monument and a global symbol for transboundary cooperation in nature conservation and sustainable development.

This is how it looked in 1995: a former Russian border tower in the Pasvik valley, after it was rebuilt into a bird observation tower, inaugurated as symbol for new times in 1995 by former WWF President, HRH Prince Philip, the Russian Deputy Minister of Environment, Amirkhan Amirkhanov, the Director of the Pasvik Zapovednik, Anatoly Khoklov, in presence of both Russian- and Norwegian members opt the border control.

LT&C participated in the  “Showcase ABCGheritage and Workshop on the Development of the northernmost part of the Green Belt of Fennoscandia” – SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP -14TH-15TH OCTOBER 2014, SVANVIK NORWAY. The presentation can be downloaded: LC&T – Pasvik 10:2014

The Green Belt spans 24 countries, running for ca. 12,500 kilometres from the northern tip of Europe through Central Europe and on to the Black, Ionian and Adriatic Seas.

The course followed by the Green Belt is a legacy of history. For decades this line was a symbol for the political and ideological divisions between the European powers. Most of the areas along the Green Belt were long a forbidden zone where no activity was allowed. The “Iron Curtain” was one of the most divisive barriers in Europe. The only positive outcome of this strongly guarded borderline has been the preservation of some of the most important remaining habitats for biodiversity from almost all of Europe’s biogeographical regions.

The route of the Green Belt reveals highly impressive and sensitive landscapes and is home to the natural flora and fauna typical to the regions along its course. As it passes through many different regions and countries, the Green Belt presents itself in many different ways resulting from the various countries’ immense political, biological and socio-economic diversity.

More about the Green Belt Fennoscandia and the vision of a Green Belt through Europe see Barentswatch_ GBF Photos from Pasvik valley

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