German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Key Region Asia

BfN`s cooperation with China

11th German-Chinese workshop in Pu'er, China (© CRAES)
[Participants of the 11th Sino-German Workshop posing for a group photo in front of a building.

BfN maintains a long-standing cooperation with China on issues related to nature conservation, biodiversity and ecosystem services. The main cooperation partner is the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES). Since 2008, Sino-German workshops on selected topics concerning biodiversity and nature conservation have been held at regular intervals and represent a central element of the cooperation between BfN and CRAES. In addition to this, BfN also collaborates with other Chinese institutions as well as German and European partners. Among other things, BfN president Prof. Jessel is a member of a working group of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).

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Cooperation with other Asian partner countries

BfN supports other partner countries in Asia, especially in the nomination of UNESCO biosphere reserves and world heritage sites. As part of the Advisory Assistance Programme run by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, BfN also advises nature conservation projects in Central Asia.

Projects within the framework of UNESCO biosphere reserves and world heritage sites

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Development of the UNESCO Lake Indawgyi Biosphere Reserve in Myanmar

Indawgyi-Lake Myanmar (© Sebastian Schmidt)
Large, calm lake with a fisherman in a small fishing boat against a background of mountains

Within the framework of the international cooperation of German biosphere reserves with biosphere reserves from the world network, a cooperation of Brandenburg biosphere reserves with the Indawgyi Lake biosphere reserve in Myanmar has evolved. Lake Indawgyi is the only freshwater lake in Myanmar. It is of international importance for the protection of biodiversity and the provision of livelihoods for several tens of thousands of people. The current project provides support for the Lake Indawgyi Biosphere Reserve in terms of capacity building, lake monitoring, continuity of watercourses and handling the consequences of illegal gold mining.

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Daurian Steppe - Nomination as UNESCO World Heritage Site (Russia, Mongolia)

Daurian Steppe (© A. Butorin)
the picture shows Hilly steppe landscape.

Within the framework of a feasibility study, the suitability of the Daurian Steppe (Russian Federation/Mongolia) as a natural World Heritage Site was investigated. Based on the results, local stakeholders were then supported in preparing the nomination dossier.  The joint World Heritage site was recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2017 as "Daurian Landscapes" and includes important wetlands in addition to the steppes.  The recognition as a World Heritage Site is the result of many years of transboundary cooperation. The site provides an important sanctuary for migratory birds and the Mongolian antelope along their migration routes.

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Feasibility study for the UNESCO World Heritage Nomination of the Eastern Mongolian Steppes

Mongolian Gazelle(© G. Purev-Ochir)
A group of gazelles in the Mongolian steppe.

In order to safeguard the ecologically significant steppes of Eastern Mongolia in the long term, a UNESCO World Heritage nomination is being pursued. The feasibility study assesses the prospects for a nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It examines the steppes’ value in comparison to other steppe ecosystems, identifies information gaps and assesses the suitability of potential sub-areas.

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Last Change: 16/03/2021