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Bundesamt für Naturschutz


The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is the federal government’s scientific authority for national and international nature conservation. Against the backdrop of the tasks assigned to it by law, the BfN supports the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and provides the groundwork for science-based policy advice.

To fulfil its mandate, the BfN conducts its own research (intramural research) and designs research contracts for award to third parties (extramural research). BfN’s research focuses on complex environmental and societal issues and thus uses an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach. Addressing societal problems that call for integrative research, it mixes scientific findings with practice-based needs.

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