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Management of the Green Belt


As a result of activity by the former East German border troops to keep the border strip clear for surveillance purposes, large stretches of the Green Belt today form an open-countryside ecological network.

Keeping them this way requires active management, as the land would otherwise fall fallow and be covered by natural succession. Elsewhere the Green Belt is threatened by intensive land use that needs to give way to sustainable management. On top of the normal problems encountered in landscape management, management in the Green Belt faces additional challenges due to the special circumstances, including the narrowness of the belt, poor access in many places, fragmented and in some cases unclear ownership, the fact that the belt spans multiple Länder, and a residual risk of landmines.

The congress on management 2011

Photo of the participants of the Congress on management of the Green Belt jointly organized by BUND and BfN in November 2011; photo: BN Bayern.
Photo of the participants of the Congress on management of the Green Belt jointly organized by BUND and BFN in November 2011; photo: BN Bayern.

A wide range of Green Belt stakeholders came together to discuss these problems and seek joint solutions at a congress on management of the Green Belt jointly organised by BUND and BfN in November 2011.

The congress first adopted a general vision for habitat management and improvement in the Green Belt. Presentations of in some cases innovative practical examples of management in the Green Belt outlined possible solutions for specific problems.

The proceedings were published as an aid to practitioners.

Updating data

Current data on the condition of the Green Belt are needed both to supplement the habitat management vision with spatial information and for monitoring. As the open-countryside areas of the Green Belt in particular have undergone considerable change since the 2001 inventory, the inventory data have been updated in an R&D project on updating the Green Belt inventory (project duration: 2012 to 2014). The most important outcomes of the undertaking were published in an action guideline issued by the BUND. 



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