What is the Baltic Green Belt?

A territory of outstanding natural and cultural heritage

The Baltic Green Belt is the coastal territory of the former Iron Curtain - islands and mainland - at the Baltic Sea. This coastal border territory was strictly protected for more than 40 years. As only few people and little development were allowed at the border back then, the Baltic Green Belt is nowadays home to many species that have died out elsewhere. Also, the political period of the Cold War has left many traces which must not be forgotten, in order to prevent similar regimes in the future. More about the territories...

A project in the Baltic Sea Region

Baltic Green Belt was a regional development project funded by the EU funded from January 2009 until January 2012. More than twenty partners from Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany - non-governmental, governmental and scientific - set up a network for conservation and sustainable development of the Baltic Sea coast. This website will remain online until 2016, but updates will be sporadic and mainly in the news-section. Have a look at the results or read about the project background.

A network of active people

The Baltic Green Belt is a network of people who want to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the Green Belt and work for a more sustainable development of the Baltic Sea coasts. A Regional Coordinator organises the network, seeks ways to maintain and expand joint activities and encourages better visibility of the Green Belt initiative in the region. You're welcome to contact the regional coordinator.

A region in the European Green Belt

The Baltic Green Belt is one out of four regions within the European Green Belt which stretches out along the former Iron Curtain. It runs along borders of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Russia. Each region within the European Green Belt is coordinated by an organisation that was appointed by the European Green Belt community. In June 2012, the European Green Belt community announced during the 6th Pan-European Green Belt meeting in Mavrovo, Macedonia, that the Baltic Green Belt region shall compliment the Fennoscandian, the Central European, and the Balkan Green Belt.

A part of the European Green Belt initiative

The Baltic Green Belt is part of the European Green Belt and thus follows the EuGB's overall vision: to create the backbone of an ecological network, running from the Barents to the Black Sea that is a global symbol for transboundary cooperation in nature conservation and sustainable development. If you would like to find out about  the European Green Belt please go to www.europeangreenbelt.org.