German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



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Under the Act Implementing the Obligations under the Nagoya Protocol and Transposing Regulation (EU) No. 511/ 2014 the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is the competent national authority for implementation and enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol (Section 6(1) of the Implementing Act). BfN responsibilities as competent national authority include in particular:  

  • Receipt of due diligence declarations from users
  • Receipt and examination of requests for inclusion in the register of collections and regular verification that registration criteria are met
  • Checks of genetic resources and of traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources based on periodically reviewed plans and on the Basis of substantiated concerns
  • Intervention and where necessary imposition of sanctions in the event of failure by users to comply with due diligence, declaration and cooperation related obligations
  • Cooperation with competent authorities in provider countries
  • Point of contact and helpdesk for all users and collections in Germany

Direct your enquiries to:

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Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Division I 1.3
Competent National Authority for the Nagoya Protocol
Konstantinstr. 110
D-53179 Bonn

Tel.:    +49 (0) 228 8491 1211
Fax:    +49 (0) 228 8491 1229


As the competent national authority, BfN works closely together with the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) with regard to genetic resources for Food and agriculture and with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) with regard to human pathogens. Under Sections 6(2) and (3) of the Implementing Act, determinations concerning the organization of enforcement with regard to the particular genetic resources are made in consultation with these authorities, with the details laid down in administrative agreements.  

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is the national focal Point and as such responsible for international reporting under the Nagoya Protocol (Section 6(4) of the Implementing Act).