German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Data collection and evaluation

Data collection and evaluation

People looking through binoculars. (Picture: Schutzstation Wattenmeer)

For something to be protected, it has to be known. To obtain reliable information and data that can be used to develop concrete measures to protect and develop nature and the landscape, reliable processes and methodologies are needed for data collection, analysis and evaluation.

A wide range of monitoring programmes supply long-term, systematically collected information on the status of and trends in both species and habitats.

Specially developed indicators and indicator systems enable conclusions to be drawn on the achievement of key nature conservation goals and on development trends.

Germany's Red Lists provide information on the threatened status, current populations and trends in species and habitats, and are thus an important decision-making tool when deciding what to protect.

To assess the invasiveness of alien species - meaning their potential threat to native nature and species diversity - the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) has developed a special scoring system based on specific, verifiable criteria.