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Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks will fund the conservation of eco-systems in the Nile basin with 6 million euros from the Ministry's International Climate Initiative over the next four years. The funds will be used to support ripar-ian countries in the sustainable management of important transboundary wetlands and to promote the use of ecosystem services. more

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A film project about the impact of global warming on nature and human life in the Caribbean. The film combines factual information about climate change, coral reefs and other coastal ecosystems with pictures, animations and music. The first screening took place in Bonn on 11 June. It was followed by a panel discussion with representatives of Caribbean States and the filmmakers. more

At the 39th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Bonn, the Committee was holding talks on the status of a wide number of World Cultural and Natural Heritage properties. Hamburg's Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with the Chilehaus had been nominated, among others, for inclusion in World Heritage List. more

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 

Mangrove at a coastal area. In the background: a sailing ship.

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

2011 - 2020, United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

World Heritage Certificate for UN Decade on Biodiversity


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