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Bundesamt für Naturschutz

About BfN

Welcome to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is a German higher federal authority providing professional, scientific and administrative expertise in nature conservation and landscape management. We enforce nature conservation law, advise policymakers, publish research findings and data on nature and the landscape, and support and oversee nature conservation and research projects. Our responsibilities are laid down in the Act Establishing a Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfNG).

BfN is one of four agencies under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV). With a staff of around 430 and offices in Bonn, in Leipzig and on the Isle of Vilm near Rügen on the Baltic Sea coast, we cover a range of policy areas surrounding biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource use. Sabine Riewenherm has headed the agency as President since 1 September 2021. On these pages, we present the agency and our work.

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