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An important goal of the Federal Environment Ministry's international nature conservation and climate policy has been achieved. The Bonn Challenge for forest restoration, launched by Germany, has succeeded in inspiring countries to make pledges totalling 150 million hectares. The target line was crossed yesterday at the first Asia Bonn Challenge regional meeting in Palembang, Indonesia. more

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The Indonesian government, with support from the Federal Environment Ministry, wants to reforest 2 million hectares of peatland by 2020. Today, the first regional meeting on forest restoration begins in Palembang, Indonesia to promote this and other good ideas and strategies for forest restoration. State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry, Jochen Flasbarth, is representing Germany at the event. more

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The United Nations General Assembly adopted a Strategic Plan for Forests. The German government welcomes this step – Germany was one of the countries that had lobbied for a global forest strategy. The Strategic Plan will lay the groundwork for linking the various international activities concerned with forests more closely together. The aim is to achieve sustainable management of the planet’s forests. more

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FThe German government has laid the foundations for more comprehensive nature conservation in the North and Baltic Seas, and for the accelerated establishment of a network of terrestrial biotopes. The Cabinet adopted a corresponding amendment to the Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNatSchG) today, as proposed by Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. more

Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks welcomed the results achieved at the biodiversity summit in Cancún as a success for species conservation. Governments from 167 countries agreed on a number of biodiversity conservation measures which reinforce the implementation of the targets for the UN Decade on Biodiversity The sets of measures primarily address industrial farming. more

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