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Participants | Photo: Jutta Stadler

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, September 9, 2021: Experts from different disciplines exchanged their current research results at the trans- and interdisciplinary event "Biodiversity and Climate - Networking Actors in Germany" on September 6 and 7. The event has been held annually since 2004 at the International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) to offer national actors and institutions in the field of biodiversity, climate and land degradation the opportunity for exchange and networking. more

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 23 August 2021: At the anniversary event of the Vilmer Summer Academy from 16 to 19 August 2021, interested parties exchanged views on the role of nature conservation in the city. Due to Corona, the Summer Academy had to be held as an online event. more

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Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 2. July 2021: BfN’s International Academy for Nature Conservation and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) have released a set of training materials on ‘Other effective area-based conservation measures’ (OECMs), to support awareness raising and capacity building. The training materials result from many years of cooperation between the two organizations. more

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Putbus/Insel Vilm, 28. June 2021: From June 7-10, the third ESP Europe Regional Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) took place in Tartu, Estonia. The International Nature Conservation Academy Insel Vilm (INA) of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) was involved with a session on “Natural environments, ecosystem services and public health in a time of crisis”. more

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Putbus/Insel Vilm, 2 June 2021: At the invitation of the International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) of the Gernan Federal Agency for Nature Consveration, the University of Tübingen and the University of Kiel, around 50 interested participants discussed conflicting goals and opportunities for cooperation between nature conservation and agriculture at the digital 19th Vilm Summer Academy from May 17 to 20, 2021. more

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Putbus/Insel Vilm, 24. February 2021: Nature-based solutions (NbS) have received more attention in recent years. From 10 to 24 February 2021 the GIZ Sector Programme “Conservation of Biodversity on Land”, the GIZ Sector Network Rural Development Asia and Pacific (SNRD) and the INA of the BfN, organized with the support of adelphi, four half-day online training sessions to facilitate networking among GIZ staff and partners in the region Asia-Pacific on concepts of NbS. more

Participants of the seminar "Transformative Change for Biodiversity Conservation"

Putbus/Insel Vilm, 4 February 2021: IPBES concluded in its Global Assessment 2019 that current international activities to address biodiversity loss are insufficient. A fundamental "transformative change" is needed to restore biodiversity and protect nature, it said. The INA of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, GIZ GmbH and KfW Entwicklungsbank organised a training seminar on this topic for German development cooperation experts from 25 January to 3 February 2021. more

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Putbus/Insel Vilm, 20 January 2021: The Institute for Biodiversity Network (ibn) presented the results of a survey in January that show which capacities need to be developed in Eastern Europe and Central Asia so representatives of the region can better participate in the processes of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) supported the report and the underlying project and provided technical support. more

Cover of IUCN Best Practice Guidelines on Promoting the Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Area Management and Governance

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 12 January, 2021: The cultural and spiritual values of nature are of high importance for nature conservation in protected areas. The IUCN Best Practice Guidelines on Promoting the Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Area Management and Governance, published today, provide guidance on how to consider the cultural and spiritual values attributed to sites within protected areas. more

Participants of the university course "Agricultural Management and Biodiversity” | Photo: Rainer Oppermann

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 26 October 2020: 18 students from different disciplines in the field of agricultural sciences and nature conservation came to Vilm from all over Germany from 14 to 18 October for the main module of the university course "Agricultural Management and Biodiversity". Some students took part digitally due to the Corona Pandemic. more

Some members of the digital meeting concerning Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 22. October 2020: This week, an expert meeting on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning Conservation and Restoration of the Bukhara Deer took place. The meeting was jointly organized by the CMS Secretariat and the INA, with funding from the BMU. Due to the Corona pandemic the meeting was held via online conference and covered four time zones. more

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Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 20 September 2020:

In September, around 120 protected area experts from around the world discussed the further development and application of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Green List. The virtual meeting also approved 13 new Green Listed Sites.

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Eichhall natural forest reserve, Spessart in Germany | Photo: A. Hölterman

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 16 September 2020: In the stimulating conference atmosphere of the International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA), 24 forest experts from Germany and Switzerland met at the invitation of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) from 17 to 20 August to discuss ways of adapting our forests to climate change. more

22 participants exchanged views on current issues and solutions in the overlapping area of biodiversity, nature conservation and climate change. | Photo: BfN

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 14 September 2020: Experts from various disciplines met on 10 and 11 September to discuss current activities at the interface between biodiversity and climate. The trans- and interdisciplinary meeting "Biodiversity and Climate - Networking the Actors in Germany" has been held annually since 2004 at the International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). more

The first part of the Fellowship is taking place online for the first time. | Photo: BfN

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 1 September 2020: 20 nature conservation experts from 13 countries joined the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship (KTF) last week. The International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is offering the 18-month extra occupational training programme for the fifth time. The first part of the programme takes place online due to the corona pandemic. more

 

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

Cornelia Paulsch | Foto: Tobias Büttner

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 24 June 2020. Northward bound: in mid-May Cornelia Paulsch, Ph.D. has taken up her new role as head of the staff unit "International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA), Administration Isle of Vilm". In this role, the biologist is responsible for the Academy’s activities, the conceptual and strategic development of the INA and the administration of the Isle of Vilm branch office of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. more 

Photo: Christoph Muster

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 7 April 2020: Spider expert Dr. Christoph Muster made a rare discovery last week on the isle of Vilm: He was able to confirm the presence of the spider species Atypus affinis on the island. According to the biologist, the last evidence of this species in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern dates back more than 30 years.
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Photo: Laura Sutcliffe / University of Göttingen

Bonn /Isle of Vilm, 01 April 2020: Species-rich cultural landscapes can best be preserved when nature conservation and agriculture go hand in hand. Demonstration farms for biodiversity are a good example. To ensure that this succeeds on a broad scale, stakeholders from agriculture and nature conservation jointly drew up five requirements at a workshop organised by the BfN at the INA in November 2019.
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Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 31 March 2020: In March, the International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) in cooperation with the Institute for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity (IFAB) invited 18 students to Göttingen for the two-day introductory module of the university course "Agricultural Management and Biodiversity".
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25 international students took part in an education programme  on the Isle of Vilm | Photo: BfN

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 6 March 2020: 25 international students from various German universities took part in an education programme on international nature conservation on the Isle of Vilm, in the week of 23 to 29 February. The module offered by the International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) is integrated as a compulsory or optional module in 17 master's courses at eleven German universities.
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Participants of the workshop | © BfN

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.
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Daniela Danz | Photo: Nils-Christian Engel

Putbus/ Isle of Vilm, 15 January 2020: In January the writer Daniela Danz spends almost two weeks on the Isle of Vilm near Rügen Island and will experience the untouched and rough nature of the Baltic Sea island in winter. The writing residency at the International Academy for Nature Conservation is donated by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) as part of the German Prize for Nature Writing.
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[Translate to en:] Foto: Jutta Stadler

47 experts from all over Europe gathered in a workshop on Vilm Island (14.-18.10.2019) in preparation of the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-23) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). They discussed the documents which will be negotiated at SBSTTA-23
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German Prize for Nature Writing 2019

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German Nature Writing Award 2019 goes to Daniela Danz and Martina Maria Kieninger

Vilm, 29.08.2019 In 2019, the publishing house Matthes & Seitz Berlin will for the third time donate the German Prize for Nature Writing, endowed with 10,000 €, which is awarded annually to selected German-language authors. This year two authors will again be awarded the prize. The recipients in 2019 are Daniela Danz and Martina Maria Kieninger. A three-week writing stay on the Isle of Vilm at the International Academy for Nature Conservation of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, donated by the Federal Agency, is part of the prize. During their stays next year, the prizewinners will use the inspiring nature and beauty of the island for their own work and give public readings on Vilm.

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[Translate to en:] Drei junge Teilnehmende diskutieren

Application for the fifth cycle of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is now open. The extraoccupational training provides conservation professionals from Eastern and Central Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, essential technical knowledge as well as vital leadership skills and options for network building.

 

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