Transboundary conservation is an essential cross-cutting theme that resonates with different realities across time and regions. It is essential in safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services, enabling ecological connectivity and adapting to climate change, in many cases acting as a strategy for facilitating regional cooperation agreements and peace building, and improving economies of local communities across borders.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a long-standing symbol of the Cold War, is newly emerging as a globally unique sanctuary as well as highly conserved natural heritage. In this context, an integrated and ecologically sustainable approach is required to come up with an agreed vision and long-term strategy to achieve conservation of nature that is in harmony with peace on the Korean Peninsula, and with the needs of local people.
The European Green Belt Initiative, which started 2003 with a conference in Bonn organized by BfN and hosting Michail Gorbačёv as guest of honor, is one of the most successful trans-boundary nature conservation activities in Europe so far. But it is much more than a nature conservation project. The European Green Belt is also a living monument for the European history during the cold war and the following political and social changes in Europe and the world. Furthermore this initiative also supports sustainable regional (rural) development including touristic offers under the label of "nature experience".
This workshop will serve to exchange experiences from the European Green Belt, the Korean DMZ and other relevant initiatives in transboundary cooperation from different regions.
This workshop will address voices of many stakeholders including government, protected area management agencies, local government, NGOs, etc. Following the presentation, a panel discussion as well as discussions with other participants will be organized in the workshop.