German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)



[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.

[Translate to en:] Sommerwiese auf Vilm Foto: Horst Korn

Vilm, 09.07.2018 On 6 July, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) invited to the "Open Day" at its branch on the island of Vilm. In addition to insights into the work on site, an extensive supporting programme awaited the guests.

[Translate to en:] Wintervogel Foto: Ralf Grunewald

Vilm, 04.03.2018 Freezing temperatures have hit the Island of Vilm since a fortnight or so.


[Translate to en:] Gruppenbild Foto: Sebastian Misgajski

Vilm, 02.03.2018 The cultural and spiritual importance of wetlands was the focus of an international expert workshop at the isle of Vilm from 26th of February to 2nd of March ("The Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Wetlands - Supporting the integration of nature and culture in their governance and management"). The experts exchanged on lessons learned from recent projects, e.g. on the "Best Practice Guidelines on the Cultural & Spiritual Values of Protected Areas", which are being developed by IUCN with support of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. Another focus laid on the preparation of relevant draft resolutions for the 13th Conference of the Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, which will take place in October 2018 in Dubai.

[Translate to en:] Gruppenbild Foto: Kathrin Bockmühl

Vilm, 27.02.2018 In February 2018, students from all over the world from selected M.Sc. programmes at German universities came together for the one-week-module on International Nature Conservation at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm. The module offered insights into a wide range of different conservation topics, starting with an update on recent trends in global biodiversity, Protected Area concepts and tools, the International Governance Framework for Conservation, strategies to ensure sustainable trade of wildlife, marine nature conservation, strategic conservation planning, and ended up with challenges and strategies in the combat of poaching.


Vilm, 20.10.2017 An international expert workshop took place from 16 to 20 October 2017 at the International Academy for Nature Conservation in the Baltic Sea island of Vilm in Germany to discuss the challenges posed by climate change to the conservation and management of World Heritage sites. The meeting was funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and organized in cooperation with IUCN, ICOMOS, ICCROM and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.


Gruppenbild Foto: M. Schickhofer

Vilm, 16.10.2017 From 12 to 16 October 2017, 33 experts representing 12 European countries convened at the INA on the Isle of Vilm for the final workshop in a series of three meetings in the framework of the project “Beech Forest Network of Europe”.


Berlin, 01.10.2017 A two-day alumni reunion brought together 66 current fellows and alumni of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme.


Vilm, 31.08.2017 From 27 to 31 August, an international exchange of information and experience on specific access schemes for the use of genetic resources in the respective countries of origin took place on the island of Vilm. Representatives of international law enforcement agencies from 19 states and five continents participated in this.


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