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International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm

The International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) welcomes around 1,700 participants each year. Around 60 events and training courses on issues with relevance to nature conservation on national and international level take place annually. Established in 1990, the INA is a forum for ideas, capacity building and networking.

The conference centre located within the beautiful nature of the small Isle of Vilm near Rügen in the Baltic Sea offers the best conditions for undisturbed and efficient work. Organisations planning events on topics related to nature conservation and environmental protection can also rent the guest houses and conference rooms for their own seminars, workshops or retreats.

The INA is part of a branch office of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). The Academy and the central administration of the branch office Isle of Vilm form the staff unit "International Academy for Nature Conservation, Administration of Vilm".

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Since the end of July 2021, there are, in addition to online meetings, also again presence events of the INA on the Isle of Vilm with hygiene regulations. We will contact you by e-mail if an event for which you have registered is cancelled or postponed. We are available for you by phone (+49 38301 86-141) or e-mail (

For any questions regarding touristic excursions, kindly contact the Fahrgastreederei Lenz (phone: +49 38301-61896).

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Economic incentives that affect biodiversity

International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm
Date, time
13.06.2023 (Tue) 17:00 
16.06.2023 (Fri) 09:00 
Global target 18 of the recently adopted Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework aims to identify by 2025, and eliminate, phase out or... more

Environmental Leadership Journey

International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm
Date, time
10.12.2023 (Sun) 18:00 
16.12.2023 (Sat) 09:00 
Leaders and change agents in nature conservation are at the forefront of driving change. The Environmental Leadership Journey is an intensive... more

Module on International Nature Conservation (MINC) 2023

International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm
Date, time
26.02.2023 (Sun) 17:00 
04.03.2023 (Sat) 09:00 
The course aims at contributing to qualify Master students for future work in international conservation organisations and for scientific tasks... more
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Cultural and spiritual significance of nature

Bas Verschuuren, Josep-Maria Mallarach, Edwin Bernbaum, Jeremy Spoon, Steve Brown, Radhika Borde, Jessica Brown, Mark Calamia, Nora Mitchell, Mark Infield, Emma Le
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The cultural and spiritual significance of nature has been defined as the spiritual, cultural, inspirational, aesthetic, historic and social... more
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