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Nature / Species Protections

Wadden Sea World Heritage

At its 38th session, the World Heritage Committee included the Danish Wadden Sea and coastal areas of the Wadden Sea of Lower Saxony National Park in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. Thus the entire Wadden Sea extending from the Netherlands as far as the Danish North Sea coast has now been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site. more

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UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The ministerial segment of the UN forum concluded on 9 July. The Ministerial Declaration reiterated that the HLPF will conduct reviews of the implementation of the coming post-2015 development agenda, which is to be adopted at a UN summit in September 2015. more

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Climate Initiative

International Climate Protection Fellowship

16 young leaders from developing and newly industrialising countries have successfully completed their research for the International Climate Protection Fellowships. The Federal Environment Ministry funds these fellowships, awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, from the International Climate Initiative.  more


Press releases

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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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Emissions trading

The European Commission plans a speedy and sustainable reform of the EU emissions trading scheme. The German Government welcomes the proposal, but is pressing for more far-reaching improvements. more

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Nature protection / Genetic engineering

The EU Council of Environment Ministers has decided that the member states should in future have the opportunity to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) within their territory. more

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