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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Newly published: BfN-Skript on Marine Ecosystem Services

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The concept of ecosystem services bears the potential to better integrate marine nature conservation objectives in processes and decisions of public policy making. During an international workshop on marine ecosystem services in July 2018, participants from different countries and various disciplines seized the opportunity to present research results, exchange practical experiences and critically discuss theoretical and ethical foundations of the general concept.

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Preserving the unique combination of nature and history of the Green Belt

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From 15 to 19 October 2018, representatives of 24 European countries are gathering at the Wartburg World Heritage Site for the "Pan-European Green Belt Conference". In the Thuringian state parliament, the law to protect the Green Belt of Thuringia as a National Nature Monument is about to be passed. This would create the longest contiguous protected area along the European Green Belt. The aim is to ensure that both history and nature benefit equally from the new conservation status.

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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.

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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