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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

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

On 25 March 2015 the International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade took place in Kasane, Botswana. Representatives from more than 35 countries across all continents agreed on comprehensive strategies against this serious environmental crime. The German Environment Ministry supports the implementation of key measures against poaching and wildlife smuggling. more

2011 - 2020, United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

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