The European Green Belt initiative celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year.
”The aim is to turn the Iron Curtain’s entire 4,250-mile length – extending from the Arctic to the Black Sea – into what is already being called the ‘Central European Green Belt’,” says Dr Kai Frobel, a German ornithologist and conservationist.
The path of the former Iron Curtain crosses 24 countries and 8 bio-geographical regions. The highly restricted access to the east-west border over it’s 37 year existence created a unique natural reserve for wildlife, including Lynx, Eagles, Bears, Wolves and Elk. The ‘death strip’ has preserved life and has made for a potent symbol of nature’s triumph over and indifference to even the most barbaric and severe of human endeavours.