Projects non-stop

Ragwort. Photo: H. Schlumprecht
The "Billy Bush Cricket wants to go to the Green Belt" project.

Today the Green Belt is one of the most significant nature conservation projects in Germany. To protect this shared natural heritage in the long term, attention must be drawn to the ecological and historical significance among the general public and the relevant government agencies. Various types of measures are necessary to preserve this network of habitats. There are already numerous projects in Germany for this purpose, a large part of which have been initiated and implemented by the BUND.

In the Altmark, the BUND Saxony-Anhalt created a refuge for northern geese and cranes by rewetting woodlands and grasslands and creating small lakes.

In the Rhoen UNESCO biosphere reserve, tracts of land were bought by the BUND Hessen to give the river Ulster more space so that it can reclaim the banks it once had.

By buying land in the Green Belt in Thuringia, for example, the habitat of one of the last occurrences of the bush cricket, a rare type of grasshopper, is being safeguarded. Arable land that cannot be built on is being converted to natural grasslands. So that the area does not turn to scrub, it is regularly maintained by the BUND Thuringia.

In the "Steinachtal and Linder lowlands" project area, measures are being implemented for the improvement and creation of habitats, above all for meadow breeders and amphibians, such as the rewetting of wet meadows, fallow land and basins, the habitat for the corncrake.

Inventory of the Green Belt in 2001, supported by the BfN (Federal Agency for Nature Conservation)

The Federal Government acknowledges the important role of the Green Belt in the protection of biodiversity. Three large nature conservation projects have been implemented on the Green Belt so far by the government, extensive and long-term schemes to preserve areas of national significance: Lake Schaalsee, River Elbe floodplain near Lenzen, and Drömling. Other projects are being planned.

LandArt projects are also intended to raise awareness of the significance of the Green Belt in politics and among the population. In a joint project of the BUND with the city of Duderstadt, the administrative district of Lindenberg/Eichsfeld and the Heinz Sielmann Stiftung, the "West-Eastern Gate"was created. Even Mikhail Gorbachev came to the inauguration.

The project "Experience Green Belt" is now opening up a further chapter on the Green Belt. A sustainable nature tourism is to be established in the three model regions of Elbe-Altmark-Wendland, Harz and Thuringian Forest & Slate Mountains / Franconian Forest. Whether it be cycling tours, exploring waterways or history workshops - there is a wide range of activities planned.