German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


New director

Cornelia Paulsch | Foto: Tobias Büttner
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.

From 2002 to 2020 Cornelia Paulsch worked as managing director of the Institute for Biodiversity (ibn) in Regensburg. Her tasks included the management and strategic development of national and international projects in the fields of biodiversity, nature conservation and international cooperation. An important aspect was the environmental communication at the interface between science, politics and nature conservation practice. In her work, Cornelia Paulsch focused on the international level and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Over the last decades, biodiversity has decreased dramatically on a global scale. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was founded in order to understand the causes and interrelationships of this loss, and to develop possible courses of action. If the findings of IPBES are to effect change, they must be communicated comprehensively, especially to decision-makers. The International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm can play an important role in this process. For this work, Cornelia Paulsch is building on her experience from IPBES training measures, which she conducted primarily in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

During her time at the ibn, Cornelia Paulsch organised numerous events on nature conservation. During this time she got to know and appreciate the Isle of Vilm and the INA as an established institution of international renown and reputation. Now the new head of the staff unit is excited about her new tasks: "I am looking forward to continuing the important social dialogue on national and international nature conservation issues with an established team at a unique location, in one of the core zones of the Southeast Rügen Biosphere Reserve".

As head of the staff unit "International Academy of Nature Conservation, Administration Ilse of Vilm" Cornelia Paulsch coordinates the work of the INA and the administration Isle of Vilm and ensures that the academy runs smoothly. She is responsible for the future orientation of the Academy, the maintenance and further development of a network of national and international contacts and the cooperation with important actors. The administration of the branch office is also one of the tasks performed by the staff unit, as is the representation of the branch office to local actors.