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International European Green Belt Initiative - thirty years of collaboration for nature along the line of the former Iron Curtain

International European Green Belt Initiative - thirty years of collaboration for nature along the line of the former Iron Curtain

22.09.2019
 Green Balkans are going to take part in the celebration of the Initiative with a series of events from September 18 - 24  in the cross-border region with Turkey.

 During September 18 - 24 a number of countries across the European Green Belt Initiative will be honoring the 30th anniversary of its launch. Green Balkans, in partnership with the Strandja Nature Park Directorate, the Svilengrad History Museum and our partners from Turkey - the Association of Back to Nature Youth and Sport Club, are also going to participate.

The program includes the following events:

September 18th, 11 AM at the Matochina Information Center - Green Balkans and the Svilengrad Historical Museum opens a permanent exhibition “Sakar - Land of Treasures” dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and the historic and cultural sites, located on the Bulgarian-Turkish border;

September 22nd - 24th - a joint journalistic expedition on both sides of the Bulgarian-Turkish border with media participation from both sides;

September 22nd  - an educational trip to the National Park - Longoz Forest Igneada, Turkey;
September 23rd at the Igneada National Park Visitors Center, Igneada town - a joint training for the promotion of the European Green Belt Initiative;

September 24th , 10 AM at the Strandja Nature Park Directorate, Malko Tarnovo - a workshop dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the European Green Belt Initiative;

 In the period between September 24 - 25, the Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation will also mark the anniversary of the European Green Belt Initiative in the Belasitsa Nature Park area and Lake Kerkini in Greece, in cooperation with partners from North Macedonia.

 The purpose of all these events is to promote the Vision of the International Initiative:
"The European Green Belt, our shared natural heritage along the line of the former Iron Curtain is to be conserved and restored, to function as an ecological network connecting high-value natural and cultural landscapes whilst respecting the economic, social and cultural needs of local communities."

 It has been found that in the border regions of a number of countries on both sides of the so-called Iron Curtain from the recent past, there are vast territories with preserved nature and biodiversity. Due to the limited access to these areas, the strict control and oftentimes the geographical isolation of the border territories, key habitats, rare and protected species and unique landscapes have been protected. These areas are unified into the European Green Belt Initiative. It forms a 12,500 km long pan-European ecological corridor along the former Iron Curtain from the Barents Sea in the north to the Adriatic and Black Sea in southeastern Europe! The border areas of Bulgaria and Greece, Turkey, Serbia and North Macedonia are an emblematic example of the natural abundance in the Balkan Green Belt as part of the European Green Belt.



Contacts:
Gradimir Gradev, Project Manager
mob.number: 0885 609289; е-mail : ggradev@greenbalkans.org