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Source: Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation GermanyBerlin. On October 1st, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will award the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany to Kai Frobel, the “Father of the Green Belt”. The head of the species protection department, who works at the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND), receives this highest state recognition for his extraordinary achievements in the preservation of valuable habitats along the former inner-German border. Immediately after the fall of the wall, he organized the first meeting of conservationists from east and west. Kai Frobel recalls: “The participants at the nature conservation meeting in Hof on December 9, 1989, organized by BUND Naturschutz Bayern (BN), demanded that the green belt of the GDR border strip be immediately secured as a contiguous nature reserve. This was decided unanimously in the first resolution on the Green Belt. ” Frobel continues: “The tireless efforts of the BUND together with other associations and official organizations as well as many volunteers have brought us very close to this goal.” Olaf Bandt, Chairman of the BUND: “We congratulate Kai Frobel on this high award, which is a great one Means appreciation of his work for nature and the environment. As the ‘Father of the Green Belt’, he made a significant contribution with tireless efforts to ensure that this unique biotope network has become what it is today: a BUND lighthouse for nature conservation and a unique landscape of remembrance of German-German history. ” Even 30 years after German reunification, the Green Belt remains a symbol of overcoming borders and solidarity. The BUND, which has been committed to the preservation and safeguarding of this unique landscape of memory for more than three decades, will once again remind of the outstanding importance of this biotope network on the Day of German Unity on October 3rd. Bandt: “The Green Belt warns us by reminding us of our past – at the same time it gives hope for a future in which nature conservation and cohesion have a firm place. What Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt have already done on 1,106 kilometers, all neighboring countries will have to imitate in the near future and identify the Green Belt as a national natural monument. ”The BUND therefore welcomes the latest declaration by the federal government and all nine states along the Green Belt to be used for continuous protection and the further development of the biotope network. This declaration of intent must now be followed by concrete action over the next two years. The Green Belt can only fulfill its function as a biotope network if it is viewed as a whole, explains Bandt: “There are still a total of 170 kilometers of gaps on the almost 1,400-kilometer-long former border strip, which was used as a walking corridor for wildcats, lynxes and otters serves. As BUND, we are committed to closing the gap and are demanding the provision of a federal fund of 30 million euros so that impaired habitats can be purchased by 2025. ”But closing the gap is not enough. The next step in strengthening the only transnational biotope network in Germany is the cross-linking with adjacent habitats to the left and right of the Green Belt, in order to transform the belt into the network of life. The countries bordering to the west in particular are called upon to provide appropriate areas and implement protective measures. With a view to the importance of the European Green Belt, a biotope network of global importance with unique ecosystems and outstanding biological diversity, Olaf Bandt concludes: “The things that we can implement in Germany have a signal effect on our European neighboring countries. Together with you, we would like to maintain, protect and expand a European Green Belt over a length of over 12,000 kilometers along the former Iron Curtain. Germany’s current EU Council Presidency should be used to win over the other 23 European countries bordering on the nomination as UNESCO World Heritage in the categories of nature and culture. ”More informationTo overview

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