Story from Felix Cybulla, Freelance Consultant, Global Change Management & Miradi Team
The European Green Belt forms a unique network of protected areas and biotopes that stretch from the northernmost tip of Europe to southern Greece. Covering over 12.500 kilometers, the greenbelt provides connectivity for a wide variety of species, especially birds that take migration routes through southern Europe to breeding sites in northern Europe. To ensure effective conservation across the region, the countries of the Balkan Green Belt section are coming together to discuss priority issues and align their conservation actions to achieve shared goals. In April 2016, CCNet coach Felix Cybulla led a workshop to teach 50 participants from 31 different organizations how to use the Open Standards to develop a collaborative and cohesive conservation plan. Conservation practitioners from Poland, Germany, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Greece, and Turkey were present along with guest from Finland and Norway in the northern part of the Green Belt. The workshop was organized by Euro Natur and IUCN.