Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes

What is Green Infrastructure?

Green Infrastructure is a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services and functions such as water purification, air quality, space for recreation and climate mitigation and adaptation. This network of green (land) and blue (water) spaces can improve environmental conditions and therefore citizens' health and quality of life. It also supports a green economy, creates job opportunities and enhances biodiversity. Click here for additional definitions of green infrastructure.

‘Green infrastructure’ is a key strategy in the European landscape connectivity agenda aimed at reconnecting vital natural areas to urban hubs and restoring and improving their functional roles. It is an essential planning concept towards protecting natural capital and simultaneously enhancing quality of life. This approach, however, is not yet implemented in central Europe landscape planning policies, which seldom consider the ability of land to deliver multiple benefits. Click here for more information about the EU Strategy on Green Infrastructure. For a short film about green infrastructure and how it is relevant to our society, economies and well-being click here.

About the project

MaGICLandscapes will increase the capacities of institutions to improve the management of the green infrastructure resource and promote sustainable land-use by providing land managers, policy makers and communities with tools and knowledge. This will help them to assess green infrastructure planning and conservation approaches, also taking into account the transnational level and ensuring that mismatched management approaches are reduced. Institutions will obtain the means to assess the public benefit that can be achieved through management approaches of green infrastructures and demonstrate how these assessment approaches are used to develop evidence-based strategies and action plans to target interventions for smarter investment.

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© Norbert Aepli/WikiCommons

The next official project meeting takes place in the South Moravian capital of Brno. Additionally, the internal workshops on conceptual framework for GI and about the structure of GI assessment will be held. The Silva Tarouca Research Institute is welcoming all project partners.


Santa Claus

All MaGICLandscapes project partners wish a calm and peaceful Christmas time and a good start into the new year 2018!


© Nationalpark Thayatal

The National Park Thayatal cordially invite you to their 18th National Park-Forum which takes place at 19:30 in the National Park house in Hardegg/Austria.



Partner Consortium

On the Kick-off Meeting in Dresden the MaGICLandscapes project partners met for the first time to get to know each other and to discuss upcoming tasks for set-up a framework for Green Infrastructure Assessment on European, regional and local level. At the Lead Partner's premises at TU Dresden the starting signal for project work was given.

Project Partners

TU Dresden

© TU Dresden

The Chair of Remote Sensing is dealing with the application of diverse earth observation monitoring tools and implements project-related analysis of multi-sensor and -temporal image data related to local, regional and global research questions within geosciences. The Lead Partner of the project is responsible for the management and communication work at transnational level and is involved in all Thematic Work Packages. 


Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening


The Department of Landscape Ecology and Geoinformatics has a focus on the long term development of landscape, processes and functions in relation to driving forces, assessment of green infrastructure and ecosystems services and future development of mainly rural landscapes. 


The Saxony Foundation of Nature and Environment

© LaNU

This non-profit governmental foundation concentrates on enhancing the understanding of nature and environmental protection issues in science, education as well as in the general public and is promoting sustainable development and Green Infrastructure establishment in the German Free State of Saxony.


The Karkonosze National Park


The Polish National Park administration is responsible for carrying out nature protection activities in the National Park as well as making the area available for scientific research, tourism and education. It contributes and comments on development plans in terms of their impact on nature and landscape of the park.


Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development


The institute implements research pertaining to fundamental issues of ecologically-based spatial development research on all spatial levels. It's overall focus involves the comprehensive analysis of development requirements of regional, town and landscape development within the framework of sustainable development and related recent trends in building and housing.


the Krkonoše national park


The Czech National Park administration carries out activities for the protection of the National Park area, in particular the regeneration of natural forests, preservation of protected, endangered and rare plant and animal species. The administration also comments on spatial development plans in terms of their impact on nature and landscape of the area.  


University of vienna

© Universität Wien

The Division of Conservation Biology, Vegetation Ecology and Landscape Ecology has extensive research experience in landscape and vegetation assessment, landscape functionality analysis, development of sustainability indicators, landscape monitoring by sustainability indicators and development of sustainability models by integration of participation processes.


thayatal national park

© Nationalpark Thayatal

The National Park administration is responsible for nature conservation of the area. One task of nature management is the change of forests with non-indigenous tree species into natural habitats. The income from the sale of wood is used for scientific research and measures of nature management.


city of turin

© Città Metropolitana di Torino

The Division of Planning and Management of Ecological Network, Protected Areas and Environmental Control manages the protected areas of interest identified by the Regional Law 19 of 2009, areas with high natural functions that constitute the nodes of the Provincial Ecological Network (REP).


italian agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development (ENEA)


ENEA's working fields are the environmental characterisation for morphological and functional aspects in relation to human activities, evaluation and reduction of industrial and civil impacts, planning of ecosystem recovery and the protection of areas with a high risk of environmental crisis and conducts research on the effects on global climate of the energy cycle.


Project Partners

10 Project Partners 
5 countries

Case study areas

tri-border region of Czech Republic, Germany and Poland

© Henriette John

The region covers valuable low mountain range landscapes as the Lusatian resp. Zittau and Jizera Mountains. It also contains the urban areas of Zittau, Hrádek nad Nisou and Liberec situated inbetween the green infrastructure network.


krkonoše national park, czech republic


It's bio-geographical location means the Krkonoše Mountains have a varied mosaic of montane spruce and mixed forests, tall herb meadows, dwarf pine communities, Nardus grasslands, sub-arctic peat bogs and lichen tundra. Arcto-alpine tundra covers 4 % of the territory.


KarkonoSZE National  Park, Poland


The Karkonosze National Park in south western Poland covers the northern slopes of the Karkonosze Mountains, the largest range of the Sudetes, a mountain system shared by the Czech Republic and Poland with its 1,603 m highest peak Śnieżka. It is one of the the most valuable ecosystems in Central Europe.


kyjovsko, czech republic


The area around Kyjov is a diversified lowland region situated in the south-east part of the Czech Republic in South Moravia. Most of the area lies at an altitude of between 200 m -  300 m with a few peaks over 400 m. More than half of the region is intensively used, especially for agriculture (61 %). 


Eastern waldviertel & Western Weinviertel, Austria

© Thomas Wrbka

Located in Lower Austria on the border with the Czech Republic, the Eastern Waldviertel is shaped by the highlands of a shallow gneiss landscape and the River Thaya, which has carved characteristic canyons here. The Western Weinviertel is more characterized by wide open valleys and molasse sediments with rolling hills. 


thayatal national park, Austria

© NP Thayatal/Rainer Mirau

The Thayatal National Park is a steep valley embedded in natural forests located at the border of Lower Austria and the Czech Republic. The combination of diverse geology, river morphology and the valley’s location on the intersection of two climate zones created the conditions for this high biodiversity.


River po plain, italy


The River Po plain embraces protected areas which are ranging for nearly 90 kilometres along the River Po’s banks in the Italian Piedmont region. A total of 24 municipalities are included in the case study area, distributed among the provinces of Alessandria, Turin and Vercelli.  


po hill and chieri area near turin, italy

© Gabriele Bovo

The Po Hills and Chieri area is characterised by both hilly and flat lowland territory. On the Turin hill you can find the Site of Community Importance (SCI) named Superga Hill and Bosco del Vaj and Bosc Grand established for the presence of its characteristic chestnut and oak woodlands.  


Dübener Heide, germany

© Nico Fliegner

Close to the cities Leipzig, Halle, Wittenberg and Dessau the Dübener Heide attracts numerous visitors during the weekends and holidays. It’s tranquil landscape of lakes and ponds, heath-land, swamp and Germany’s largest mixed woodland provide the opportunity for a number of recreational activities such as hiking and cycling.



Work Package 1

Concepts and Framework for Green Infrastructure Assessment

  • Framework design for green infrastructure assessment at the European, regional and local level
  • Detection of green infrastructure management approaches within European, national and regional policies


Work Package 2

Green Infrastructure Functionality Assessment

  • Assessment of the functional values of green infrastructure in the landscape by considering protected and non-protected areas in the case study areas 
  • Development and demonstration of green infrastructure assessment methods that gauge connectivity and functionality


Work package 3

Strategies for Intervention 

Application of transnational, regional and local green infrastructure assessment to develop strategies and action plans that fit strategically, improve functionality of green infrastructure and meet specific local needs.



Associated partners are vital to the successful implementation of the project, the development of its output and sustaining the results of the project.

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Project Duration

Start Date

1st July 2017

End Date

30th June 2020