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This paper presents a practitioner’s perspective on Greenways development in the New Member States of the European Union of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Greenways in this region came about as a result of and tool for the development of civil society in these countries after the collapse of communism. Greenways were introduced in Central Europe through direct cooperation with US based initiatives in the early and mid 1990s as part of a wider initiative to promote civic engagement in environmental improvement and decision making in an effort to re-establish a functioning and vibrant civic society. Greenways were viewed as a useful tool for promoting NGOs, environmental protection, environmentally responsible tourism and heritage protection in the region. Since these early initiatives, the Greenways movement has undergone many changes in vision, impact and purpose. Greenways now represent a flexible umbrella methodology for promoting sustainable development in many varied communities and geographic locations.



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