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Welcome to the English webpages of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) is the central scientific authority of the German federal government for both national and international nature conservation.

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New study on adaptation of European ecosystems to climate change available online

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The study “Helping ecosystems in Europe to adapt to climate change“ contains practical advice on how nature conservation measures may support main European ecosystems to adapt to climate change, a critical reflection on heavily discussed concepts of adaptation (like “connectivity” and “translocation”) as well as the results of a survey on climate adaptation planning and conservation measures conducted across European conservation projects.


 The study is available for download here

Nature Awareness

Cover 2011 Nature Awareness Study

The german population survey “2011 Nature Awareness Study” was carried out on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. It is based on a representative sample of 2,031 persons of the German-speaking resident population from the age of 18 years taking into consideration all socio demographic segments and integrating people of all regions in Germany.

The study on nature awareness was designed as an instrument to observe changes in the relationship of the Germans to nature in a continuous way, i. e. at regular intervals. This ensures that the data used in nature conservation policy as well as in communication, education and public relations with regard to nature and nature conservation is always up-to-date and empirically verified. 

 Nature Awareness

Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders in Nature Conservation from the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

At the International Academy for Nature Conservation

This new high-profile training programme aims to catalyze personal capacity development through training on international best conservation practice and policy, management training and personal network development. 

Additional information about the programme, the eligibility criteria and application process can be found  here.