Germany agreed to turn more than 60 former military bases into nature preserves, with the aim of creating vast new green oases and sanctuaries for rare species of birds.
Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said an ongoing overhaul of the German armed forces had made it possible to set aside more than 31,000 hectares (76,600 acres) of forests, marshes, meadows and moors.
“We are seizing a historic opportunity with this conversion – many areas that were once no-go zones are no longer needed for military purposes,” she said.
“We are fortunate that we can now give these places back to nature.”
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