German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Green Border Network

Funding priority

Safeguarding biotopes: Conserving, restoring and interconnecting valuable habitats


Netherlands/North Rhine-Westphalia border region


11/2009 - 11/2010 (preliminary study)

Brief description

The aim of this project is to create model ecological corridors across the German-Dutch border.  The North Rhine-Westphalia/Netherlands border region has ample scope for such corridors with important potential for animal migration and dispersal, but no progress has previously been made due to legal and institutional differences. The testing and development project aims to identify ways of bridging these differences. In this way, it can both add to the coherence of the Natura 2000 network and help meet requirements for a cross-border ecological network under the German Federal Nature Conservation Act.

The preliminary study aims to identify, evaluate and develop the best possible selection of options for an ecological network in the border region between the Netherlands and North Rhine-Westphalia, based on ecological network plans in the two countries and work done during the project.

In the preliminary study, ten local project groups identified potential cross-border corridors (hot spots) and determined their physiography, landscape and infrastructure. These data will be used to locate network axes that can be implemented on the ground. The preliminary study also addressed existing questions regarding implementation of the project and will lead to an improved approach for developing and implementing projects to establish cross-border ecological networks.

Entity responsible for the project

NABU Landesverband NRW
Merowingerstr. 88
40225 Düsseldorf, Germany

Liaison at BfN

Dr. Peter Finck, FG II 2.1

Project funding agencies

Federal Agency for Nature Conservation; North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry for Environment and Nature Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection; North Rhine-Westphalia NABU.

Grant amount

€ 100,000

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Last Change: 20/07/2017