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Compact green rain forest at the river pictured from the shore of the other side of the river.

Many new initiatives to protect tropical forests have been presented at the UN Climate Summit. The "New York Declaration on Forests" aims to stop deforestation by 2030 and establish deforestation-free supply chains. On the sidelines of the summit, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks formed a new partnership with Norway and Peru to protect Peruvian forests.more

Two small wooded islands in the turquoise sea.

Germany wants to work together with the small island states to better protect the climate. At the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States held in Samoa from 1 to 4 September, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry, Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter announced a further expansion of cooperation. more

Archaeological site with evergreen forest in the background and rocks and hills in the foreground.

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. Through its commitment to biodiversity conservation Costa Rica plays an important role in nature conservation. more

The UN city of Bonn has now been further strengthened with the IPBES having officially opened its Secretariat on 8 July, 2014, meaning that Bonn is now host to 18 UN organisations. Founded during a UN conference in Panama in 2012, IPBES it to provide independent and reliable information on the status and the development of biological diversity. more

Wadden Sea under blue sky with dramatic cloud formations.

At its 38th session in Doha, Qatar, the World Heritage Committee included the Danish Wadden Sea and other coastal areas of the Wadden Sea of Lower Saxony National Park in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site, which was inscribed in 2009. This means that the entire Wadden Sea extending from the Netherlands through Germany as far as the Danish North Sea coast has now been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site. more

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