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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Participants of the seminar "Transformative Change for Biodiversity Conservation"

Putbus/Insel Vilm, 4 February 2021: IPBES concluded in its Global Assessment 2019 that current international activities to address biodiversity loss are insufficient. A fundamental "transformative change" is needed to restore biodiversity and protect nature, it said. The INA of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, GIZ GmbH and KfW Entwicklungsbank organised a training seminar on this topic for German development cooperation experts from 25 January to 3 February 2021. more

50th anniversary of the Ramsar Convention: Rosenheim Basin Bogs are "Wetland of International Importance"

Bonn, 2 February 2021: Today, on World Wetlands Day, which is also the 50th anniversary of the International Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention), Germany is pleased to announce the designation of its 35th "Wetland of International Importance". The Rosenheim Basin Bogs are part of one of the largest peatland complexes in southern Germany and are home to endangered species of sundew, as well as threatened species of birds, dragonflies, butterflies and grasshoppers. Intact and restored peatlands also play an important role in climate protection. With this designation, Germany commits to permanently conserve and promote this wetland. > More

Project on sustainable ecological development in southern Africa successfully completed

Bonn, 19 January 2021: The BfN has been supporting the further development of the UNESCO programme "Man and the Biosphere" in Africa for many years. The central instrument is the establishment of biosphere reserves as model regions for the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Now, the final report of a project, carried out in cooperation with partners from southern Africa and the German Commission for UNESCO, is available. The project contributed significantly to the nomination of the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Eswatini. It enabled the networking of actors as well as the further development of capacities and the management of existing biosphere reserves in the region.  
To the final report