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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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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Participants of the CBD workshop

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 6 February 2020: At the invitation of IUCN and INA, 42 experts discussed how guidelines on the quality and effectiveness of protected areas can be incorporated into the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The outcome paper of the workshop with concrete targets, minimum requirements, indicators and measurement methods will be fed into the international CBD negotiations.


Eastern Mongolian Steppe | Photo: Dr. Hans D. Knapp

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 30 January 2020: Nature conservation experts from Germany and Mongolia discussed the prospects for nominating the Mongolian steppe as a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 26 to 27 January at the INA. As part of a project with the aim of securing the ecologically important steppes of Eastern Mongolia in the long term, the Michael Succow Foundation (MSF) invited to this expert workshop.

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. 

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.