German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



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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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Insufficient control of New Technologies outside of European genetic engineering law


Can all plants developed by gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas, be regarded as genetically modified organisms? Are they covered by European genetic engineering law? The European Court of Justice will rule on these legal issues in 2018. A legal opinion commissioned by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) now shows for the first time that various specialised European laws outside of genetic engineering law - such as the seed legislation - do not provide adequate control and testing standards for so-called new technologies.

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Rewetting of peatland forests in central Kalimantan, Indonesia; René Dommain.

Bonn, 6 November 2017: From the 6 to 17 November the World Climate Summit 2017 will take place in Bonn. The BfN is contributing to this conference with a side event under the topic “peatland conservation is climate protection”. Peatlands cover only 3% of the land surface but they contain twice as much carbon as the entire biomass of the world’s forests. Drainage of peatlands however leads to a loss of its function as carbon sink. Therefore, peatlands are increasingly a major source of greenhouse gases, accounting for around 5% of global emissions. Regarding the international goals to reduce greenhouse gas emission, peatlands are of particular interest.

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Berlin, 20 September 2017: Prof. Klaus Toepfer, the former Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), as well as reresentatives of the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) inaugurated today the fourth cycle of the extra-occupational Klaus-Toepfer-Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders in Nature Conservation from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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