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Water Management

UN Watercourses Convention enters into force

The Federal Environment Ministry welcomes the entry into force of the UN Watercourses Convention. Hitherto unwritten principles of international law on good neighbourly conduct between riparian countries of transboundary water bodies will be firmly enshrined in the Convention. more

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Positive impetus for climate agreement

Barbara Hendricks is confident that a new international climate agreement will be adopted soon. In the focus of negotiations are voluntary reduction targets and binding emission reduction targets. The upcoming special summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will provide more momentum to the process. more

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Nature / Species Protection

Ministry supports unique biodiversity in Costa Rica

The successful cooperation with Costa Rica on climate policy and biological diversity is being further strengthened. The Federal Environment Ministry is supporting a new project geared towards conserving the unique natural habitats and biological diversity of Costa Rica with up to 6 million euro. more


Press releases

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Nature / Species Protection

The UN city of Bonn has been further strengthened with the IPBES having officially opened its Secretariat on 8 July, 2014.  more

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Chemical safety

The BMUB and the German Chemical Industry Association are working together to develop new methods of measuring chemicals in the human body. more

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Climate Initiative

16 young leaders from developing and newly industrialising countries have successfully completed their research for the International Climate Protection Fellowships. more

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