Promoting the Ecological Network in the European Green Belt (GreenNet)

Promoting the Ecological Network in the European Green Belt (GreenNet)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

European Commission

Overall project value

EUR 140,359


April 2011 – June 2014

Beneficiary countries

Austria | Czech Republic | Germany | Slovakia | Slovenia

Number of staff


The European Green Belt was created in order to transform the wasteland along the former Iron Curtain into a green lifeline with a rich and unique biodiversity and cultural heritage. Following an Interreg project that highlighted gaps in the protection provided by the Green Belt, the GreenNet project was launched to develop an ecological network to bridge those gaps. 

The project supported the implementation of strategies for the sustainable management of ecological networks in order to foster the ecologically sound co-existence of different spatial needs and interests.

The ecologically valuable areas along the Central European Green Belt are all located along current or former international boundaries and stretch across several border territories, thus transnational approaches had to be developed. The GreenNet pilot regions were: 

  • Grabfeld (Germany)
  • Cesky Les/Oberpfalzer Wald (Czech Republic/Germany)
  • Northern Weinviertel (Mistelbach)/Znojmo/Jarovce-Rusovce (Austria/Czech Republic/Slovakia)
  • Kucnica/Kutschenitza-Mura (Austria/Slovenia)
  • Southern Burgenland (Austria/Slovenia)
  • Julian PreAlps (Italy/Slovenia)


Activities included making inventories and carrying out regional surveys in selected areas using GIS tools; developing management concepts and local and regional tools, instruments and strategies to enhance nature protection, civil participation and public awareness; and undertaking capitalisation and lobbying for nature conservation at EU and national level. 



  • Surveys
  • Awareness raising
  • Capitalisation