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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„CITESwoodID“ App: Identification of protected timbers

Bonn/Hamburg, 20/10/28: The BfN and the Thuenen Institute of Wood Research developed the CITESwoodID App. The App supports enforcement authorities, e.g. customs, to identify protected timber species such as mahogany and rosewood using an interactive identification key. It is an important tool for the protection of rare tree species. CITESwoodID is available free of charge in the App Stores of iOs and Android.

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BfN and Chinese partner institution sign cooperation agreement

Bonn/Beijing, October 9, 2020: For over 12 years BfN and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) have successfully cooperated in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services. A central pilar of this cooperation is the organization of joint annual workshops, the last of which recently took place as an online seminar on the theme of “Integrating Nature-based Solutions for environmental and social benefits”. Today, BfN and CRAES formalized their existing partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding on the basis of which they are aiming to strengthen their scientific cooperation.


Nature-based solutions to socio-ecological challenges: international partners in digital dialogue

Bonn / Beijing, September 7, 2020: How can we use nature-based approaches to meet the socio-ecological challenges of our time in a sustainable manner? International actors will address this question in an online seminar that will take place on September 8th and 9th as part of a long-term cooperation between the BfN and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences. While the concept of nature-based solutions is the focus of the first day, the second day will focus on the restoration of ecosystems in China and Germany.


Klaus Toepfer Fellowship: training for nature conservation leaders has started online

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 1 September 2020: 20 nature conservation experts from 13 countries joined the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship (KTF) last week. The International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is offering the 18-month extra occupational training programme for the fifth time. The first part of the programme takes place online due to the corona pandemic.


A Asiatic wild ass or khulan crossing a previously blocked barrier | Photo: Kirk Olson/WCS

Putbus/Insel Vilm, 26 June 2020: After 65 years, migratory wildlife species in Mongolia have been able to use a newly established crossing to access previously blocked habitat. The International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm from BfN was involved in the intensive consultation process with all stakeholders, which was the basis for implementing these changes. more

New EU Biodiversity Strategy: Bringing nature back into our lives

[Translate to en:] Foto: Krueger

Bonn, 2020/05/20: Europe’s biodiversity will be on a path to recovery 2030, for the benefit of people, climate and the planet. That is the overarching aim of the new EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, published today. It includes commitments to enlarge the EU’s network of protected areas to at least 30% of the EU’s land and sea area and to restore degraded ecosystems. Further targets address the protection old growth forests, an increase in organic farming, more sustainable fishery and greener urban areas.

The EU Biodiversity Strategy was presented jointly with the new Farm to Fork Strategy for sustainable food.

To the EU Biodiversity Strategy

To the EU Farm to Fork Strategy

Monitoring and protecting migratory birds in African biosphere reserves

[Translate to en:] Foto: Herwig Winter, Piclease

Berlin, 2020/04/14: Afro-Palearctic migratory birds fly thousands of kilometers every year between their European breeding grounds and their African wintering grounds. In order to close knowledge gaps regarding their population developments and improve their protection, a long-term monitoring system for migratory birds was developed and tested in two pilot studies in African biosphere reserves in Ivory Coast and Nigeria by NABU and BirdLife as part of the BfN project “AfriBiRds”. The project report is now online.
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