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The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation

The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) is the central scientific authority of the German federal government for both national and international nature conservation.

The Agency reports to the German Environment Ministry (BMU) and has key enforcement functions under international species conservation agreements, marine conservation law, the Antarctic Treaty and the German Genetic Engineering Act.

The Agency’s declared purpose is to develop an integrative nature conservation policy. Such a policy unites ecological, economic and social aspects, and mediates between the conservation and use of natural systems. This provides a corrective to the false image of nature conservation as a brake on economic development. Nature conservation can indeed be a driver of sustainable development, as evidenced today by many practical examples throughout Germany’s regions. Such a forwardlooking perspective is essential to conserve biological diversity and safeguard physical and cultural life-support systems for present and future generations.

the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation continuously develops funding programmes and sets new standards for conservation activities. Nature conservation must become a firm element in all realms - policy, industry, science and education. This is the kind of conservation work a modern society needs. This is the mission of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation.

Link to The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation website.

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