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State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth

Portrait of a man.





Born 4 April 1962
in Duisburg-Rheinhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia


1983 - 1989Studied economics, political science and philosophy in Münster and Bonn
graduating with a degree in economics


1989 - 1994Head of the editorial office of the Economica-Verlag publishing house in Bonn
1994 - 2003Full-time President of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU)
2003 - 2009Director-General for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
2009 - 2013
President of the Federal Environment Agency
Since Dec. 2013State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Voluntary involvement

Since 1979 Member of the former Deutscher Bund für Vogelschutz (DBV, German Society for the Protection of Birds), from which Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. (NABU, Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) emerged
1980 - 1992Various functions at NABU, including federal chairman of Naturschutzjugend (German Youth Association for the Protection of Nature); later, member and then vice-president in the NABU presidium
1985 - 2003Member of the board of Deutscher Naturschutzring (DNR, German League for Nature and Environment)
1986Founding board member of Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD, German Transport Association)
1988 - 2003Member of the DNR executive board
1992 - 2003President of Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) e.V.
Since 1993Member of the board of trustees of the Michael Otto Stiftung für Umweltschutz (Michael Otto foundation for environmental protection)
1993 - 2003Member of the ZDF television board
1994 - 2003Member of the supervisory board of the Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy) GmbH

Member of the advisory council of B.A.U.M.-Environment-Protection-AG

Member of the jury for the Commerzbank/Impulse environment award
1995 - 2003Member of the main committee/board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Umweltfragen e.V. (AGU)
1996 - 1998Member of the “Nationales Komitee für Nachhaltige Entwicklung” (National Committee for Sustainable Development)

Member of the advisory council to the project “Sustainable Germany” (Study Commission on Protection of Humans and the Environment)
1997 - 2003Chairman of the board of trustees of Stiftung Naturschutzgeschichte (Foundation on the history of nature conservation)
2000 - 2003 Member of the board of Allianz pro Schiene (pro rail alliance)
2001 - 2003Member of the Federal Government’s Council for Sustainable Development
2002 - 2004Member of the Zukunftsrat (Council for the future) at the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia
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