During the 8th Pan-European Green Belt Conference in Slavonice (Czech Republic), European Green Belt Association was established. One of the founding members is our Institute. Conference marked a milestone for future cooperation: a legal body in charge of the Initiative’s coordination was established. Transboundary management of protected areas, ecosystem services and nature tourism will be some of its regional priorities. The members declared to conserve the valuable habitats along the former Iron Curtain as an ecological network connecting high-value natural and cultural landscapes while respecting the economic, social and cultural needs of local communities.