NEW BOOK & DVD
„Aktiv für den Meeresnaturschutz /
Active for Marine Nature Conservation“
Now available in 3rd Edition, as of May 2012th.
The seas offer fascinating and varied habitats for thousands of flora and fauna species, host an incredible wealth of marine biodiversity and serve a wide range of functions vital to global survival. The oceans likewise furnish key resources for humankind as long as we use them wisely and sustainably. But the nature and intensity of human activities pose growing threats to marine biodiversity and the proper functioning of the seas in the global ecosystem, in the North Sea and Baltic Sea as elsewhere. Many once-common species are now rare, under threat or in decline and need our special attention and protection. The work of addressing this challenge falls in Germany to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, which as the German federal agency responsible for national and international nature conservation has a strong long-standing commitment to marine nature conservation. The Agency’s various departments at Bonn, Leipzig and notably the island of Vilm cover a wide range of national and international activities for the conservation of marine biodiversity. These include providing scientific advice to the Federal Environment Ministry and other public agencies, supporting and carrying out research projects, providing scientific and legal expert opinions, participating in international bodies, supporting specific conservation measures, and identifying and administering large marine protected areas in the North Sea and Baltic Sea. BfN’s many years of experience and scientific expertise have helped Germany take a leading role in marine biodiversity conservation. Its expertise in marine nature conservation is held internationally in high regard.
On 100 richly illustrated pages, this book looks at the diverse and complex facets of marine nature conservation and BfN’s wide-ranging work in this policy area. It provides information on the various national and international goals and measures to conserve marine biodiversity. The book provides an impressive survey of the fascinating and vulnerable marine species and habitats that it is our duty to conserve for future generations.
The accompanying DVD presents the ten Natura 2000 sites in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea Exclusive Economic Zone in an approximately 15-minute video. Extensive underwater footage illustrates the species richness and ecological significance of the marine protected areas, providing an impressive supplement to the written information contained in the printed book.
The book is intended for interested members of the public, students and teachers of the biological sciences, marine sciences and ecology, and government, research and administrative decision makers.
- The Book
Aktiv für den Meeresnaturschutz/Active for Marine Nature Conservation can be downloaded here: