Viridian Note 00242: German Involuntary Park

"Bruce Sterling" <>
Monday, May 28, 2001 5:43 PM

Key concepts: Involuntary Parks, death strip, Germany,
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Attention Conservation Notice: A Viridian "involuntary park" is an area of the planet where wildlife returns due to the breakdown of civilization. Prime examples include Chernobyl, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, the Cyprus Green Line, and a wide variety of artillery ranges, weapons- testing areas and toxic dumps around the world. This Note also features a cleanout of the Viridian link-buffer.

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Source: Science magazine Vol 292, 11 May, 02001
Page 1055


"From Death Strip to Lifeline

"For 3 decades after World War II, Germany was divided by a 1400-kilometer long no-man's-land that ran down the country like an ugly scar == a 'death strip' guarded by mines, attack dogs, and machine guns.

   "Today, chunks of the once verboten zone still harbor rare animals and plant species, and German officials are stepping up efforts to turn these Cold War refugia into a string of nature preserves.

   "The environment ministry and the Federal Office for Nature Protection last month announced that they will spend $325,000 on a study aimed at evaluating and expanding the existing 'biotop,' or green band, of 174 reserves that currently cover more than half of the old no-man's-land and adjacent security zones. Ultimately, they'd like to protect 85% in a series of preserves that would be 'a milestone for European nature protection' says deputy environment minister Gila Altmann.

   "The idea is resisted by some farmers and others who want to use the land." (((Okay, let 'em go clear out those landmines at their own expense and hazard, then.)))

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