German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


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Open Day of BfN Branch Office at the Isle of Vilm on 6 July

[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.
The main focus of the event was the presentation of the BfN's main activities at Vilm: For example, the Marine Conservation Department exhibited technical equipment such as a remote-controlled robot and explained, for example, how an excursion takes place within the framework of the environmental monitoring carried out by the BfN. The International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA), which has been based on Vilm for over twenty-five years, hosted a young man from Kyrgyzstan who recently completed the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship programme at the INA and reported on his experiences at Vilm and in the protection of snow leopards in his home country. Staff members of the BfN's International Nature Conservation Working Group were available to answer questions about nature's achievements in the context of climate change.
At the open day, however, visitors were not only given an insight into the work on the island. They could also enjoy, get to know and understand the unique nature of the Baltic island. Guided tours were offered around the Great Vilm. Under expert guidance, the guests were able to experience the beech forest of the island of Vilm, which has been largely spared from human use for almost 500 years. In addition, the association for the preservation of the cultural and natural heritage of the island of Vilm e.V. presented the history of the island, and the Stralsund photographer and artist Volkmar Herre exhibited his works on Vilm and Rügen. In addition, visitors could inform themselves about rough-wool Pomeranian sheep and the forest ecosystem. Children had the opportunity to play and do handicrafts on the theme of nature. The event is organised with the support of the Office for the Biosphere Reserve South-East Rügen.