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62 sites in Germany with a total surface area of 31,000 ha will be returned to nature. This decision was taken by the federal budget committee of the Bundestag. The sites in question are government-owned derelict military sites which will not be put up for privatisation but dedicated to nature conservation purposes.  This brings the nature conservation area permanently under management of the federal government up to 156,000 ha. more 

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The oceans are our planet's largest ecosystem and cover 71 per cent of the Earth's surface. They provide people with a source of food and act as transport routes; they constitute a source of energy, are home to countless forms of life, produce oxygen, influence the climate and do much more besides. However, they are also increasingly faced with dangers such as pollution, overfishing, oceanic warming and acidification. more

In the fight against the poaching of elephants and rhinos, the Federal Environment Ministry is putting increased emphasis on measures to reduce demand. New projects aim to help dry up the black market for ivory and rhinoceros horn. The Federal Environment Ministry is making available three million euros for the first time this year for the fight against poaching and the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and Asia. more

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On 29 April the Federal Cabinet approved two bills allowing Germany's accession to the Nagoya Protocol. The Nagoya Protocol is a new kind of instrument for international nature conservation. It helps to better account for the value of biodiversity in the manufacture of new products and offers economic incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of nature. more

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Online trade in protected species needs be combatted more effectively. Authorities, the IFAW and online platforms want to strengthen their cooperation in this area. On 21 April at a workshop in Bonn, they will discuss new forms of cooperation and possible measures for regulating and controlling illegal online trade in protected species. more

2011 - 2020, United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

World Heritage Certificate for UN Decade on Biodiversity

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Business and Biodiversity Initiative

Protection and sustainable use of biodiversity

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