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The Green Belt

For decades, the lack of use and the isolation of the no-man’s land along the former border between East and West in Europe allowed a continuous ribbon of often valuable habitats to grow undisturbed. The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) promotes and funds various national and international projects relating to this unique resource.


German Green Belt

Nature was able to grow undisturbed for decades along the former German-German border, not just in the officially designated no-man’s land but also – thanks to the isolated location – in large areas to either side. A map of the Green Belt resembles a string of beads, with large areas of high conservation value between areas of cleared, intensively farmed countryside. It is thus an important axis in the German national ecological network. For many years now, the BfN commits itself in cooperation with various partners to the preservation and development of the Green Belt.  The German Green Belt