The Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) is the Federal Government’s scientific authority for national and international nature conservation. On the basis of the tasks assigned to it by law, BfN supports the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and performs the research needed for science-based policy advice.
To fulfil its mandate, BfN conducts its own research (intramural research) and prepares 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 links scientific findings with practice-based needs.