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Conceptual design of a large scale conservation area in the Russian part of the Romincka Heath



Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature

Task / Mission

The Romincka Heath (or Rominter Heath) at the trilateral border area between Poland, Lithuania and Russia is a non-dissected forest landscape of European importance. On the Polish side it is protected as Landscape Park, in Lithuania part of the Wysti Regional Park. By this project, the Michael Succow foundation, BTE and their Kaliningrad partners could establish the fundaments for a nature friendly valorization of the Russian part of the Rominska Heath.


While the Michael Succow Foundation was responsible for the project management and all conservation-specific components, BTE developed detailed recommendations for tourism development, path design and visitor management as well as for the establishment of a visitor center. BTE also organized a round table meeting and a project competition for the promotion of nature tourism products and image of the project area.

Benefit / Results

  1. Seven selected nature experience and environmental education programs were awarded and implemented in the context of a project competition;
  2. In April 2011, the "Historical and natural history museum Wystiter heights" celebrated the opening of an information center in the village Krasnolesje;
  3. In autumn 2011, BTE published the brochure "Romincka Heath - excursions and hosts in the Kaliningrad region" in German and Russian language.

With completion of the project, the overall conception was passed to the decision makers in Kaliningrad during the 8th German - Russian Environmental Days 2011. In January 2012, the Kaliningrad regional government decided to designate the Rominska Forest as first Nature Park of the Kaliningrad exclave.


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