Germany’s Blue Belt Programme
Germany’s waterways are to be restored to near-natural status. That is the aim of the Federal Government’s Blue Belt Programme (Blaues Band Deutschland), a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU).
With the Blue Belt programme, the Federal Ministry of Transport (BMVI) and the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) have created a strategy for action for the coming years and decades. The idea is to invest in the restoration of federal waterways and floodplains and to reconnect rivers, their banks and floodplains. In this endeavour, BfN is responsible for overseeing and implementing projects funded under the “Förderprogramm Auen” (floodplain restoration) programme.