German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


About the INA

A platform for dialogue

The International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) is a centre for capacity building and dialogue on issues with relevance to nature conservation on national and international level. The unique natural setting of the academy and the transdisciplinary, international orientation of various workshops have attracted around 45,0000 people from 150 countries to Vilm since the establishment of the INA in 1990. The INA provides a forum for ideas, capacity building and networking.

Ideas and inspiration

The Academy is a space to grow ideas and for interdisciplinary dialogue on fundamental issues of nature conservation. Meetings on Vilm generate momentum for and their results feed into the further development of international conventions and nature conservation concepts.

Capacity building

The INA is a recognised training centre in the field of nature conservation. It focuses, among others, on supporting actors in nature conservation from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Networks and partnerships

Promoting dialogue, building networks and forming new partnerships for nature conservation are core goals of the INA. A prerequisite for this is entering a dialogue based on mutual respect with representatives from sectors beyond nature conservation.


The Academy is part of a branch office of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). The Academy and the central administration of the branch office Isle of Vilm form the staff unit "International Academy for Nature Conservation, Administration of Vilm".

Last Change: 09/02/2021