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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

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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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The Intergovernmental Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has begun a comprehensive global assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The Federal Government supports the work of the scientists. A German scientist, Professor Josef Settele of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), was appointed co-chair of the team of authors. more

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The EU Commission confirmed European conservation legislation as fit for purpose and effective during its meeting on 7 December. The Commission underscored the role of the Habitats and Birds Directives as key tools for conserving biological diversity. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks had campaigned to retain these directives during the Fitness Check. more

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Federal Environment Minister gave a positive assessment of the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (COP 17) in Johannesburg. The key outcome of the conference was the firm rejection of international ivory trade. For the first time, the international community is focussing clearly on the fight against poaching, which will be driven forward with national ivory action plans requiring verification. more

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