Nature conservation is a social compact. Arguments in favour of and measures for use in nature conservation therefore rely on broad social and political acceptance.
Rather than being a stand-alone action area, nature conservation is instead integral to developments in society overall and results from collectively negotiated, value-based decisions. This process of negotiation must be better understood and actively shaped by means of a participative approach.
Against this backdrop, the Nature Conservation, Society and Societal Issues division within BfN focuses on people’s awareness of nature and the need for nature conversation, differing notions of and justifications for nature and nature conservation, varying nature conservation-related discourses, the interaction between social policy challenges and social issues, and target-group appropriate communication.