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International Nature Conservation

Nature knows no political boundaries. What applies to the ranges of plants and animals applies equally to many environmental and conservation issues. The consequences of overexploiting nature are often felt far afield and in other countries (one example is climate change). On the other hand, it is precisely the highly industrialized nations which make extensive use of natural resources in other countries. This makes it essential to cooperate at international level to solve shared problems in the realm of nature conservation.

International conservation project; BfN president Prof. Dr. Beate Jessel; workshop on biosphere reserves in Ethiopia

BfN contributes to numerous projects worldwide. This collaboration takes place within the context of international agreements and programmes, in connection with bilateral and multilateral projects, and together with diverse international organisations.

 International Projects

Teamworking (photo: BfN/INA)

At the International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) on the isle of Vilm BfN organises training sessions, conferences and workshops on current nature conservation topics. These events provide opportunities for capacity building, discussions, exchange of experiences and for international networking.

 International Academy

Bilaterale Zusammenarbeit, Delegation aus dem Kosovo zu Besuch im Nationalpark Berchtesgaden

Germany is involved with nature conservation on an international level already for several decades, with a focus on particular regions. To underpin the bilateral environmental cooperation politically, Germany made agreements with countries worldwide.

 Bilateral cooperation

International agreement; Hubert Weinzierl, Michail Gorbatschow, Jürgen Trittin; Conference on the European Green Belt in Bonn

International conservation activities of this kind take place at multilateral and particularly at bilateral level, and within the setting established by agreements and programmes. Depending upon the issue at hand, many states and orgnaizations may be involved. International agreements can be grouped into global international agreements that are open in principle to all states, and regional international agreements with a specific geographic scope (such as Europe).
 International Agreements and Programmes

Regulations under European Law

European law today regulates a great number of issues relevant to nature conservation. The Birds Directive and Habitats Directive are key instruments of European law.
 Regulations under European law

Cooperation with international organisations; Sigmar Gabriel; Conference of Parties to the CBD

International governmental and non-governmental organisations play an important role in international conservation. The Federal Republic of Germany is a member of the key international organisations and bodies of relevance to nature conservation, such as UNEP, UNESCO and IUCN. Not only the federal government is active in the international conservation arena. The individual Länder of Germany and a broad array of associations and other organisations also cooperate with partners worldwide to jointly solve conservation problems.

 International Organisations


July 2014:
 BfN supports European-Chinese Environmental Dialogue (in German)


February 2014:
 Day of Species Conservation on 3 March


January 2014:
 RAMSAR World Wetlands Day (WWD) on 2 February (in German)


December 2013:
 Symposium on the national implementation of the Ramsar-Convention on wetlands of international importance (in German)


November 2013:
 An international team of experts from OSPAR member states gives recommendations to the Commitee on Biological Diversity (in German)


July 2013:
 Failure of the negotiations of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) (in German)


July 2013:
 BfN continues close cooperation with China in the fields of climate mitigation, flood protection and nature conservation (in German)


June 2013:
 European research conference for climate change and nature conservation: climate change impacts on nature and landscapes in Europe (in German)


May 2013:
 Mainstreaming the value of nature in decision making (in German)


May 2013:
 Capuchin Mally can now grow up appropriate to this species (in German)


May 2013:
 10 years of European Green Belt - a living monument in a merging Europe (in German)


May 2013:
 BfN promotes protection of harbour porpoise in the Baltic Sea (in German)


April 2013:
 Event on Lakes Ounianga World Heritage Site in Chad (in German)


April 2013:
 Living apes are not cuddly toys! (in German)


March 2013:
 Increased control and enforcement to protect rare tree and timber species (in German)


January 2013:
 RAMSAR World Wetlands Day (WWD) on 2 February (in German)


January 2013:
 IPBES-1 First Meeting of the Platform's Plenary in Bonn (in German)



Last Change: 22/07/2014