German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



Spring forest of Vilm

Vilm, 02.05.2019 Year after year in spring, before the first soft green leaves of the beech trees and oaks of the forest of Vilm unfold, a magical miracle takes place on the small Baltic Sea island. Under the first warming rays of the spring sun, a charming carpet of flowers spreads on the forest floor.

Photo: Gisela Stolpe

The Target 11 Partnership aims to facilitate the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 by October 2020 through decentralized implementation of focused actions, in a concerted manner, with comprehensive coordination among all relevant partners. 10 regional implementation support networks have been established to coordinate and align national activities, bring partners together and identify gaps and opportunities so that maximum possible progress is achieved.

Beate Jessel, President of the BfN and Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International signing the partnership agreement. (Picture: U. Euler)

On 24 April 2019, Patricia Zurita, CEO of BirdLife International, and Beate Jessel, President of the BfN, met in Bonn at the BfN premises and agreed to strengthen their collaboration.


[Translate to en:] Foto: Pauline Mische

Between 8 and 12 April 2019, Vilm became a forum for Privately Protected Areas when a seminar jointly organized by the IUCN WCPA Specialist Group on Privately Protected Areas and Nature Stewardship and the International Academy for Nature Conservation took place here.

Photo: Pauline Mische, BfN

This week, a joint workshop on the Saiga antelope of the Bonn Convention (CMS), the Washington Convention (CITES) and the BfN took place on Vilm.
Representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as veterinarians and scientists used the meeting to exchange about current population trends, threats and conservation approaches for the Saiga.

[Translate to en:] Foto: Gisela Stolpe, BfN

On 08 March 2019, Dr. Alfred Herberg, deputy head in the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, awarded in the presence of patron Prof. Klaus Töpfer the certificates to the participants of the fourth cycle of the Klaus-Toepfer-Fellowship-Programme for future leaders in Nature Conservation from the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (KTF).

group picture Master-degree students

"The Vilm Module on International Nature Conservation is a great contribution to my master's programme, because it enables exchange with other students of similar fields from other universities, master's programmes and countries. Additionally, it offers an opportunity to learn from and meet with professional experts within international nature conservation." - Participant of the module 2019

[Translate to en:] (Foto: Kathrin Bockmühl)

Vilm, 21.06.2018 From 18 - 21 June 2018 PhD students and other young researchers in the field of Environmental Psychology met with three international experts of basic and applied research.

Scho(c)Holtmann; Lehnert(c)Thomas Klitzsch

Vilm, 17.07.2018 In 2018, the publishing house Matthes & Seitz Berlin is donating for the second time the German Prize for Nature Writing, endowed with 10,000 €, which is awarded annually to a selected German-language author. This time two authors will be considered.

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