German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Closing gaps in the Green Belt

Gap in the Green Belt; photo: K. Leidorf
Aerial photo of a gap in the Green Belt; photo: K. Leidorf

Some sections of the Green Belt have already been destroyed, leaving gaps. These gaps need closing to restore the integrity of the ecological network.

This is the objective of a project commencing in 2012 with funding from the Federal Biological Diversity Programme. Entitled  ‘Lückenschluss Grünes Band’ (Closing Gaps in the Green Belt), the project aims first to identify gaps and then to close selected gaps of national importance. Where possible, the historical course of the Green Belt will be retained, with bypass solutions being implemented as an alternative.

To improve ecological integration of the Green Belt with the surrounding countryside, the project will also seek potential locations where the belt can be better connected with valuable regions to either side and with other axes in the national ecological network.

The project implementation is supported by an intensive public relations work. For instance, there are  short films on the Green Belt that have been produced in Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.