German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



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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

Photo: Harry Jonas

The IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Task Force on Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures hosted its 4th meeting of experts on Vilm Island (Germany) from 11-15 June 2019. The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation Germany (BfN).

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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.


[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.


 Additional information on the programme

Monitoring on National Natural Heritage Sites

Thomas Stephan / © Bundesamt für Naturschutz

The National Natural Heritage stands for the initiative of the Federal Government to exempt federal-owned land of high nature conservation value from privatisation and to transfer it free of charge to the federal states, nature conservation organisations. Some of the NNE areas have remained with the Federal Government.

Photo: Holtmann

From Mid-June, the writer Sabine Scho will be inspired by the wild nature and graceful beauty of the Isle of Vilm for a total of three weeks. The writing visit is part of the German Prize for Nature Writing and is donated by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).


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Gland, June 04 2019
Actors involved in the initiation of cross-border protected areas can now download training documents and adapt them for their own workshops. The materials are intended to support actors in the planning, initiation and institutionalisation of such areas.

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There is a great potential to create synergies for maintaining ecosystem services of peatlands. Peatlands play an important role for the protection of climate, biodiversity, prevention of floods etc. This is what the participants of the Workshop "Exploring Synergies for Peatlands - Detecting and enhancing the global importance of peatlands in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals", that took place from 21.-24. of May 2019 on Vilm, agreed on.

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.


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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.

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

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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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