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International Academy for Nature Conservation

The International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) is part of a branch office of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

It provides a forum for the discussion and solution of national and international nature conservation issues. It is a place for debate among conservation experts and communication between the German Federal Government and the Länder (states). This makes it a centre for dialogue between representatives of many different fields, including: science and public administration, politicians and industry, associations and foundations.


The International Academy for Nature Conservation hosts an annually updated programme of around 80 national and international seminars grouped into six seminar series, each addressing a key topic.

 Conference calendar

 Vilm seminar series




We offer the download of results, background documents and presentations for selected workshops and seminars held at the International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm.

 Workshop documents




The International Academy for Nature Conservation offers superb facilities for closed meetings, workshops, seminars and scientific conferences, as well as for excursions and studies in the region. It can be used as a conference centre by any institution wishing to hold events any topics related to conservation or the environment.

 Academy facilities



Haus auf der Insel Vilm

Here you will find the information you need to book or take part in a seminar, and our current price list for overnight and catering costs.

 Information for participants and organizers



our ferry "INA"

The International Academy for Nature Conservation is situated on the Isle of Vilm, an island of major significance in terms of both natural and cultural history. Just south of the Island of Rügen in the middle of the South-East Rügen Biosphere Reserve, it is uniquely placed for the Baltic States and the countries of Northern and Eastern Europe.

 Contact & travel



aerial view of  Vilm

The Isle of Vilm - an island with a history. The 94-hectare Isle of Vilm is a haven of captivating natural beauty, a gem of the Baltic Sea coast.

 Isle of Vilm



sculpture on the Isle of  Vilm

Vilm’s landscape has inspired generations of artists. We continue in this tradition by showing permanent and temporary exhibitions of different artists’ work. To mark the seasons of the year, we also welcome musicians to the Isle of Vilm for special concerts.

 Exhibitions & concerts



Ralswiek palace

Discover Germany’s largest island and its natural surroundings, and enhance your conferences with a programme of fascinating side activities.

 Side activities



picture of Klaus Toepfer

Promoting excellence and leadership among emerging nature conservation leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

 Klaus Toepfer Fellowship


International Academy


 Weather on Vilm



New publications available

BfN-Skripten 360:
 Governance of Protected Areas in Eastern Europe