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Global initiative for forest restoration

Since 2011, countries participating in the Bonn Challenge have restored more than 60 million hectares of forests and landscapes and are on track to meet an ambitious global restoration goal of 150 million hectares by 2020. more

Emissions trading

A brighter future for European emissions trading

Emissions trading currently has a surplus of over two billion allowances. The Council Presidency and representatives of the European Parliament and EU Commission have agreed on a rapid reform of the EU emissions trading scheme. more

Water Management

Strengthen role of municipality in water supply

At the opening of the trade fair Wasser Berlin International on 24 March, Federal Minister Barbara Hendricks has said she wants to maintain the scope for returning water and wastewater management to the municipalities. more


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Nuclear Safety

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks welcomed the outcome of the pledging conference on 29 April for replenishing the Chernobyl Shelter Fund. more

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Resource Efficiency

The German government plans to propose the establishment of an alliance to its G7 partners, that would serve as a forum to exchange experience, make contacts and pool knowledge. more

Europe and Environment

On 3 March, the European Environment Agency published a report on the state of the European environment. It shows that Europe is making good progress in the area of environmental protection. more

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