The rehabilitation of disused lignite mining areas and the landscaping of rivers and lakes in the region is an ongoing process. The planning of Leipzig New Lakeland is a textbook example of regional cooperation. The Green Ring Association is a voluntary project by the City of Leipzig and the surrounding districts, towns and municipalities to develop the region’s potential. Others involved in the planning process include regional mining authority LMBV (Lausitzer und Mitteldeutsche Bergbauverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH), the LTV reservoir authority (Landestalsperrenverwaltung Sachsen), and civilian groups such as sports clubs as well as environmental and tourism organizations. As a result, the master plan for water tourism has been developed and approved by those directly involved and provides the basis for all further activities.
Environmental protection was a key consideration in the planning process and remains a cornerstone of the master plan. A strategic environmental impact assessment has been drawn up which lays down important ways of protecting the environment and is a key component of sustainable development.