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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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Central Asia countries restoring forest landscapes

Prof. Jessel

Astana, 22 June 2018: Eight countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia have committed to restore 2,5 million hectare of forest landscape under the “Bonn Challenge” by 2020. The commitment was made at the first Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge in the Caucasus and Central Asia, held on 21-22 June 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. The meeting also adopted the Astana Resolution, committing the region to strengthen partnerships and regional cooperation to conserve and restore forest landscapes. The conference was officially opened by BfN President Prof. Beate Jessel.

[Translate to en:] Logos von BfN, United Nations, UN environment und EU

How can ecosystems be evaluated from an economic perspective? How to integrate ecosystems into national accounts? Nearly 100 policy makers, environmental economists, ecosystem valuation practitioners and accountants have met from 24 to 26 of April at the German Federal Agency for Nature Conversation (BfN) in Bonn to discuss concepts, methods and the state of the art of valuation in the context of ecosystem accounting. The conference was funded and organized in collaboration with the UNSD, UNEP and the EU.
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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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