Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes

MaGICLandscapes will increase the capacities of institutions get to know the Green Infrastructure concept and to elaborate strategies and tools for protecting and further developing the existing  Green Infrastructure in Central European regions. The project promotes 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 sound management approaches of green infrastructure and demonstrate how these assessment approaches are used to develop evidence-based strategies and action plans to target interventions for smarter investments.




out in the field!

MaGICLandscapes partners were ground-truthing the green infrastructure geodata in the Presseler Heidewald- und Moorgebiet between Eilenburg and Torgau which is part of the Dübener Heide Nature Park.

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MaGICLandscapes on Conference of Saxon Botanists

23 June 2018

MaGICLandscapes will be presented on the 64th Conference of the Saxon Botanists working group. The event will take in Oybin in the heart of the Zittau Mountains Nature Park which is part of the project's case study area "tri-border region CZ/DE/PL". Henriette John from the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development will introduce the participants to the project aims and activities which are being carried out especially in this case study area. The conference language will be German.



MaGICLandscapes on BIDELIN project workshop: NATUR IN DER STADT

25 October 2018

MaGICLandscapes will be presented during the workshop of the BIDELIN project (Cross-border cooperation programme Saxony-Czech Republic 2016-2020): NATUR IN DER STADT - Bedeutung und Aufwertung von Stadtgrün für urbane Ökosystemleistungen in Dresden/DE

Case study areas

tri-border area Cz-DE-PL

© 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, Bogatynia, Hrádek nad Nisou and Liberec.


Krkonoše Mountains National Park (CZ)


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 (PL)


The Karkonosze National Park covers the northern slopes of the Giant Mountains, the largest range of the Sudetes. At 1,603 m its highest peak is the Śnieżka. It is one of the the most valuable ecosystems in Central Europe.


kyjovsko (CZ)


The area around Kyjov is a diversified lowland region situated in South Moravia. More than half of the region is intensively used, especially for agriculture (61%). 

EastERN waldviertel & WestERN Weinviertel (AT)

© Thomas Wrbka

Located in Lower Austria bordering the Czech Republic the case study area is shaped by the highlands of a shallow gneiss landscape, the canyons of the river Thaya as well as by wide open valleys and molasse sediments with rolling hills. 

thayatal national park (AT)

© NP Thayatal/Rainer Mirau

Thayatal National Park is located within a steep valley cloaked in woodland along the border of Lower Austria and the Czech Republic. 

upper po plain (IT)


The River Po plain incorporates protected areas that cover nearly 90 kilometres of riverside along the River Po in the Italian region of Piedmont . 24 municipalities are located in the case study area, distributed among the provinces of Alessandria, Turin and Vercelli. 

po hillS AROUNd chieri (IT)

© Gabriele Bovo

The Po Hills and Chieri area is characterised by both hilly and flat lowland territory. On the Turin Hill you can find Superga Hill and Bosco del Vaj and Bosc Grand, characteristic chestnut and oak woodlands.


© Nico Fliegner

Close to the cities of Leipzig, Halle, Wittenberg and Dessau the Dübener Heide attracts numerous visitors with it's lakes and ponds, heath-land, swamp and Germany’s largest mixed woodland. 


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.


facts & figures

10 partners

5 countries

2.2 mio budget

33 Associated institutions

Project Duration

Start Date

1st July 2017

End Date

30th June 2020


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