German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Habitats Directive/Natura 2000

Dr. Axel Ssymank
Götz Ellwanger
Konstantinstr. 110
53179 Bonn, Germany
+49 (0)228 8491-1540
+49 (0)228 8491-1519

Activities/Thematic Focus

  • Fundamental issues relating to Natura 2000 and involvement in updating the EU Habitats directive
  • Looking after and verifying the coherence of the Natura 2000 network (initial site proposals, proposing additional sites, network coherence and compensatory arrangements, issues relating to national and Community assessment, etc.)
  • Developing resources and methods for the assessment of natural habitats and species covered in Annexes I, II, IV and V of the Habitats Directive (species profiles, interpretation of habitat types, total numbers, etc.)
  • Involvement in European habitat classification and compilation of the habitat complexes list
  • Ongoing development of conservation-based assessment methods
  • Developing strategies and methods for Natura 2000 reporting obligations (national reports under Article 17 (1) of the Habitats Directive and implementation reports under Article 12 of the Birds Directive)
  • Designing management plans and formulating development goals for Natura 2000 sites
  • National registration archives and databases for Natura 2000 and nature conservation areas

Last Change: 15/05/2017