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Eastern Europe Starting To Turn Green

By Editor | January 30, 2008

Eastern Europe wilderness environmentThe Cold War in Easter Europe created a border area between Eastern and Western called the “death strip”. During that time, the area were lightly populated with armaments, such as tanks, jeeps and heavy weaponry and also lots and lots of communist and capalist soldiers on both sides of the border.

That was then though, now Governments and environmental groups are transforming the “death strip” between Western and Eastern Europe into one of the largest environment friendly nature reservations on the planet. The area greater than 400 miles that ran from the Artic Ocean down to the Adriatic is now turned into a friendly area for the environment and tourist . This area could shortly develop into an eco-tourist’s
attraction to rival others in the region.

Ironically, it was because of the Cold War that either side of the border became such a environmental paradise, there was almost no human interference or major construction around the area, allowing animals and vegetation to flourish. When Eastern Europe fell it allowed the new Government and environmental groups to setup parks such as Finland’s Oulanka National Park to connect to the four time larger Paanajarvi National Park in Russia, and Germany’s Bavarian Forest has been connected with the Czech Republic’s Sumava National Park.

This interconnectivity creates 350 miles of designated National Park wilderness.
There is still much more to be done, like many governments working together to reach land agreements for more National Parks and working out the cost that is projected to be in the millions, but eventually they will get there. This makes Easter Europe a vacation destination for enjoying the outdoors.

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