Geografie 1998, 103, 156-170

Conversion and Reuse of the Former Military Training Area of Ralsko

Václav Poštolka

Katedra geografie, Pedagogická fakulta Technické univerzity, Hálkova 6, 461 17 Liberec, Czechia

Ralsko area on 250 sqkm was used as one of the largest military areas in the years 1945 - 1991 (after 1968 the largest Soviet Army Base in the country). At present it is the largest area in the country in need of conversion/reuse. The area is very interesting and unique in terms of nature, landscape, water supply and tourism. Some reuse and future use projects and ideas are being prepared and developed. The paper contains sections dealing with Site identification and characterization, History of military use, Ongoing conversion and reuse process, Planning for future use, Available and useable financial sources, Goals, expectations and visions, Projects and priorities, NATO CCMS pilot study, Recommendations and Conclusions.