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A red green coloured iguana in a rocky landscape. Blue ocean in background.

The global biodiversity conference is being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from 6 to 17 October. The conference plays a key role in achieving the goal of stopping biodiversity loss by 2020, which was agreed internationally in 2010. The German delegation is being led by Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter who is participating in the meeting's high-level segment.  more

A hammerhead shark is swimming in the deep sea.

Starting on 14 September 2014 five particularly endangered shark species and manta rays will be protected under CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, allowing trade in products from these species only if they originate from sustainably managed populations. Hendricks: "This is a milestone in species conservation. For the first time marine resources of a high commercial value will be protected under CITES regulations."  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

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

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

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