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Nationalpark Hunsruck-Hochwald

The National Park Region

The National Park has no administrative boundaries. It connects two federal states, four districts and eight municipalities with each other. However, this does not mean that there is no administrative system in place here. Since the National Park, alongside the nature reserve, should aid the region, an administrative region of sorts was defined. The municipalities of Birkenfeld, Idar-Oberstein, Rhaunen, Herrstein, Thalfang, Hermeskeil, Nonnweiler and Nohfelden are currently benefiting from this in a number of different ways.

EU, federal and state subsidies are being used in a targeted manner to support the population here. Often, it is advantageous to combine these grants. In this way, EU funds can be used to support rural areas and relieve municipalities, with federal schemes for spaces which may be utilised by a number of generations, for example. However, this requires a narrow reference framework and close coordination with different participants. The state government is developing new opportunities in conjunction with communities due to the major challenges the National Park region is facing. For example, the district of Birkenfeld loses approximately 300 to 400 of its 80,000 inhabitants each year. As well as this, there are now over 20,000 buildings in need of renovation.

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