Tourism and sport
In Germany, tourism is a major economic factor. Like no other sector of the economy, it depends on an intact and diverse natural environment. Protected areas such as national parks, biosphere reserves and nature parks are especially attractive for tourists. But tourism and sport also place a burden on nature and the landscape. This is can be attributed to non-sustainable use of available resources, thus fuelling a conflict of interest between nature conservation and outdoor sports. BfN works to achieve sustainable tourism in Germany, working with outdoor sports associations to develop more nature-friendly ways of pursuing sports outdoors.