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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More maize, less fallow land: study on the decline of farmland birds in Germany

photo: Pixabay Les Whalley

Farmland birds such as skylark or lapwing are under high pressure. A study by DDA and BfN, recently published in the journal "Bird Conservation International", shows how large-scale changes in the agricultural landscape and shifts in the crops grown have affected farmland bird populations: In particular, the increasing area under maize cultivation was negatively correlated with the population trends of many species. High proportions of grassland and fallow land showed positive effects. 

Daniela Danz | Photo: Nils-Christian Engel

Putbus/ Isle of Vilm, 15 January 2020: In January the writer Daniela Danz spends almost two weeks on the Isle of Vilm near Rügen Island and will experience the untouched and rough nature of the Baltic Sea island in winter. The writing residency at the International Academy for Nature Conservation is donated by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) as part of the German Prize for Nature Writing. The publishing house Matthes & Seitz Berlin and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation awarded the German Prize for Nature Writing, which is endowed with 10,000 Euros, for the third time.

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change – open-access book published

On the occasion of the Global Summit on Climate and Health taking place at the 7th of December, BfN highlights a new publication. How can nature support health and well-being in light of rising temperatures and other effects of climate change? This topic is the focus of a book which was published by BfN and UFZ/idiv at Springer publications. It covers physical, mental and social aspects of health. But also the spread of allergenic plants and vector-borne diseases is discussed. 

[Translate to en:] Logo: Transboundary Conservation Areas

Gland, June 04 2019
Actors involved in the initiation of cross-border protected areas can now download training documents and adapt them for their own workshops. The materials are intended to support actors in the planning, initiation and institutionalisation of such areas.

Beate Jessel, President of the BfN and Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International signing the partnership agreement. (Picture: U. Euler)

On 24 April 2019, Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International, and Beate Jessel, President of the BfN, met in Bonn at the BfN premises and agreed to strengthen their collaboration.


[Translate to en:] Auf dem Foto ist das Cover von Skript 525 abgebildet

The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) initiated the “Expert Meeting on Ecosystem Valuation in the context of Natural Capital Accounting”, which took place in April 2018 in Bonn, Germany. The conference proceedings are out now. The aim of the meeting was to contribute to the achievements to map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services, including economic valuation and the integration into accounting and reporting systems. It was organized in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

European genetic engineering law applies to new genome editing techniques


Are plants created with the help of new genome editing methods such as CRISPR/Cas to be regarded as genetically modified organisms? Are they covered by European genetic engineering law? The European Court of Justice ruled on these questions on 25th of July 2018: Organisms obtained by new genetic engineering are in principle subject to the European genetic engineering law.