• BION lecture series on biodiversity

    The Network BION (Biodiversity Bonn) connects about 60 organisations in the Bonn region working at local, regional, national or international level on the issue of biodiversity. In summer semester 2015, BION-partners offer a lecture series at the University of Bonn. Current aspects of biodiversity will be presented and discussed every Tuesday evening at 18.15 for 45 minutes. Biodiversity for food and agriculture will be lectured on Mai 5 with the title: “Conservation and use – a conflict?” and on June 9 with the subject: “Basis for sustainable agriculture and healthy nutrition”.


  • Newsletter on projects supporting sustainable forest management

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    The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) publishes a newsletter with regard to projects supporting sustainable forest management worldwide. The concept "Protection by Utilization" is the main theme of all supported projects. Additionally, BMEL takes up the different processes of the international forest regime and complements the measures of the German development cooperation with these projects.


  • Tender Rudolf Mansfeld-Price

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    The Association for the Promotion of Crop Plant Research e. V. awards this year again the Rudolf-Mansfeld-Price. This prize is awarded for the best final thesis on Plant Genetic Resources in the broader sense. The award is connected to a cash prize of 1,000 €. The closing date is April 30th 2015.


  • New web page for sustainable forest management

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    The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) published in 2014 a funding priority for "Sustainable Forest Management". Information on nine projects, further funding opportunities and on the subject of sustainable forest management are available on the new web page.


  • IPBES calls for comments on current draft reports and guides

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    IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) released several drafts of assessments and guidelines for comments, inter alia on conceptualisations of values of biodiversity and relevant policy support tools and methodologies. The IPBES secretariat invites interested stakeholders for participation and involvement in the ongoing work. Comments can be submitted to until 31.03.2015.


  • Award ceremony Gregor Mendel Innovation Prize

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    The Gregor Mendel Foundation will award the Gregor Mendel Innovation Prize 2015 to Mahmoud Solh, PhD, Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), representing his team, for rescuing the genetic resources of the ICARDA gene bank in Syria. The Award ceremony for rescuing genetic resources of the gene bank takes place on 19 March 2015 in Berlin.


  • State Secretary visits the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

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    State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Peter Bleser has visited the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The seed bank is a project of the Crop Diversity Trust and aims to conserve the diversity of crops for the future. Today around 825 000 accessions are stored in the permafrost.


  • Latest LIFE Nature Focus publication on freshwater fish

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    The latest LIFE Nature Focus publication takes a close look at the work LIFE projects have done to protect threatened freshwater fish species and improve their habitats. The 64-page brochure, LIFE and freshwater fish, highlights the status of key species and the threats they face, as well as providing an overview of LIFE's efforts to improve their conservation status, help in the management of the Natura 2000 network, and meet the targets set by the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.


  • Seed Festival in Dusseldorf

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    The Association for crop diversity (VEN) organises, together with local actors, a seed diversity festival in Dusseldorf/Germany on 7th of March from 11.00 – 17.00. Vegetable rarities are presented, visitors can exchange seed and may learn something useful about seed and seed multiplication in their own garden.


  • Thünen-Institute for Baltic Sea has been awarded with the runner-up prize in the global Smart Gear Competition

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    A significantly in Thünen-Institute for Baltic Sea fisheries with European partners developed selective fishing gear FRESWIND, has been awarded in the United States in the global Smart Gear Competition with the runner-up prize. The prize is worth $ 10,000. In the biennial international competition signed by WWF innovative ideas will be awarded, which can reduce the unwanted by-catch in fisheries.


  • River Landscape of the Year 2016/2017

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    The "River Landscape of the Year" which is advertised by the NaturFreunde Deutschlands (NFD) and the German Angelfischerverband (DAFV) is proclaimed every two years in a joint advisory board of Freshwater Ecology. Extended deadline for application of the "River Landscape of the Year 2016/2017" is this year September 1st.


  • IPBES searchs for Experts of two assessments for a Review

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    The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) announced the two first Order Draft of the Assessment reports on the thematic assessment of “pollinators, pollination and food production” and “policy support tools and methodologies for scenario analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services” are available for Experts Review from 19 January to 2 March, 2015. IPBES encourages individuals who have significant expertise and/or publications relevant to the assessment reports to serve as expert reviewers and asks for registration process under


  • Internship placement offer at UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge

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    WCMC (World Conservation Monitoring Centre) of UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) is seeking students or graduates in biological or environmental sciences for an 8 month placement, beginning September 2015 in Cambridge. The internship is offered within the Species Programme of UNEP-WCMC, where they manage, analyse and deliver information on animal and plant species. They seek candidates with a good understanding of biodiversity issues and interest in international species conservation, skills in scientific research and data management. The placement is funded by the Carlo Schmid Programme of DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst).


  • Vacancy announcement

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    The CULINARIS - seeds for food with headquarters in the region Göttingen is looking for a person with interest in seeds work and experiences from some of the following areas: marketing, gardening or farming, seed growing and plant breeding.


  • Field Maple – Tree of the Year 2015

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    Field-Maple, A. Roloff

    For the 27th time a Tree of the Year was acknowledged by the Dr. Silvius Wodarz Stifung in Germany. For 2015, Field Maple (Acer campestre), was chosen by Germany's Kuratorium "Baum des Jahres". It is a broadleaf deciduous tree native to Germany and most of Europe. Mature trees can grow to 20 m and live for up to 300 years. His real strength is a striking autumn color: The leave color turns into a remarkable rich golden yellow and sometimes red, before falling in late autumn.


  • Northrhine-Westfalia offeres payments for all German native, rare breeds based on the Red List of Native Breeds of the BLE

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    The first time a federal country, Northrhine-Westfalia, is planning to offer payments for all German native, rare breeds. Interested breeders in Northrhine-Westfalia can apply for these payments until 31st December 2014 to the "Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen". The breeds, which could get these payments, have been selected on the basis of the Red List of Native Breeds of the BLE.


  • Call "Sustainable Aquaculture"

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    The Federal Scheme for Organic Farming and Other Kinds of Sustainable Farming invites to provide pre-proposals for R/D-projects in the field of "Sustainable Aquaculture".


  • BÖLN is asking for project proposals for the conservation and sustainable use of animal genetic resources

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    The Federal Scheme for Organic Farming and Other Kinds of Sustainable Farming invites to provide pre-proposals for R/D-projects in the field of "Development of concepts for sustainable animal breeding". This includes utilization concepts for rare native breeds. In case of questions, please contact Ms Dorothee Hahn (0228/6845-3271).


  • Forest of the Year 2015

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    The Grunewald was chosen as Forest of the Year 2015 by the Union of German Foresters (Bund Deutscher Forstleute BDF). It documents the exemplary fulfillment of all requirements of society and nature in a forest as well as the efforts of the foresters.


  • Vacancy announcement

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    The Global Crop Diversity Trust, located in Bonn is seeking candidates for the position of "Fellow - Impact Assessment". The job offers young graduates of Masters or other post-graduate programs in agricultural economics, development or environmental research or other related technical field a first employment experience opportunity under the supervision of a senior scientist. Applications will be accepted until January 9, 2015.


  • Fish of the Year 2015 - The Danube salmon

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    The Huchen (Hucho hucho) is fish of the year 2015, one of the greatest representatives of the salmonid family. Its natural distribution is restricted to the Danube river system, thus it is also called Danube salmon. The Huchen has been included in the Red List as "Endangered Species". Its possibilities for spawning have been limited due to barrages and river regulation of the Danube and there tributaries. For its protection the river continuity and highly structured rivers should be restored and preserved.


  • Third National Forum on IPBES

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    The German Coordination Office of IPBES (International Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) invites for November 27th of 2014 to the third National Forum. It will take place at the Hotel Collegium Leoninum in Bonn. On the agenda are national activities and informations on the latest IPBES expert groups as well as the preparation of national positions for the international plenary session next January. The event will conclude with a panel discussion on perspectives and the evaluation of the IPBES process.


  • Symposium on pig breeding on 20th November 2014

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    Since the beginning of the 21st century the herd book breeding of official recognized breeding associations decreases. Because of this development all German native pig breeds are endangered now. Therefore the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food invites to a symposium on pig breeding on 20th November 2014. The aims of the symposium are to secure the conservation and sustainable use of native pig breeds, to strengthen the future role of breeding associations and to elaborate innovative concepts for the in situ conservation of native pig breeds.


  • Horse-chestnut - Day of Action 2014

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    On 08th November 2014 the German Association for the Protection of Forests and Wood-lands (SDW) is calling for a day of action regarding the horse-chestnut leaf miner. Since the end of May the infestation signs are visible. Where the moth is established, the safest and most practical means of control is to remove fallen leaves during the autumn and winter.


  • BÖLN invites for provision of pre-proposals

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    The Federal Scheme for Organic Farming and Other Kinds of Sustainable Farming invites to provide pre-proposals for R/D-projects in the field of "Sustainable Processing and Marketing of high-value agricultural products. This includes R/D-projects concerning the processing and marketing of endangered genetic resources for food. In case of questions, please contact Ms Dorothee Hahn (0228/6845-3271).


  • Proceedings of a conference on agrobiodiversity in grassland

    A symposium on "Agrobiodiversity in grassland - utilization and conservation" organised by the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity took place in Berlin on 12./13. of November 2013. The proceedings of the symposium include speakers contributions. They are now available at IBV and online (German with English abstracts).


  • Nagoya Protocol enters into force

    On October 12th 2014, the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization, became effective following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). It was already decided in 2010. At the same time the EU-wide legal framework for the implementation of the protocol, EU-Regulation 511/2014, entered into force. Contemporaneous to the 12th Conference of the Parties to the CBD, today, the first Meeting of the Parties is taking place in Pyoengchang / South Korea.


  • Report on Conservation of Forest Genetic Resources

    The Federal Government and Länder working group "Forest Genetic Resources and Legislation on Forest Reproductive Material" published its progress report summarizing the conservation and sustainable utilization measures for forest genetic resources of tree and shrub species for the period 2009-2013. The report may be ordered by mail ( or phone (0228/99 68 45 - 32 37). It is also available for download.


  • Third National Forest Inventory

    The National Forest Inventory, which was conducted for the third time by the Federal government and the Federal states, recognized the condition and development of the German forests and provides a comparison with the forest conditions in 2002. The inventory examined inter alia the age classes of trees, timber growth and harvest, timber supplies, surface growth, age structure, proportion of dead wood and the development and impact of nature conservation measures. One result of the study is that the forest area in Germany has remained constant at 11.4 million hectares compared to 2002.


  • Global Biodiversity Outlook launched

    The Global Biodiversity Outlook is a mid-term assessment of progress towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity. Its fourth edition was officially launched on the opening day of the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 12) in Pyeongchang, Korea. The issue is one of the major topics that will be discussed during the conference from 6th to 17th october, 2014.


  • Scientists for press interviews needed

    The Network Forum on Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo) follows the aim of visualising scientists of all kind of fields concerning biodiversity and to introduce their work as a basic solid knowledge to policy. During the 12th contractual states conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity from 6th to 17th of October 2014 in Pyengchang (South Korea), NeFo is looking forward to present the knowledge of motivated experts and therefore they are looking for interested scientists for press interviews.


  • New research funds for international forest projects

    The Federal Government has set up the new budget title "International Sustainable Forest Management" with a budget of five million euros yearly. The BLE is responsible for the funding scheme "Research for International Sustainable Forest Management". Firstly, the scheme will support appropriate bilateral, application-oriented research projects in cooperation between German and relevant research institutions in selected partner countries.


  • First international BION conference in Bonn

    BION – an acronym for Biodiversity in Bonn – convened its first international conference from 17 to 19 September 2014 “Biodiversity – Today for Tomorrow” in Bonn. More than 300 participants from 38 countries and 112 institutions attended the conference and discussed with academics and experts from different point of views the necessity of maintaining biodiversity and how further loss can be stopped. The Information and Coordination Centre for biological Diversity in the Federal Office for food and agriculture chaired the session "Biodiversity for food and agriculture/bioeconomy" which was focused on plant genetic resources of agricultural crops.


  • Experiences of the use of old cereals in today´s food

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    The Chamber of Agriculture Northrhine-Westphalia (NRW) organised a workshop on "Experiences of the use of old cereals in today`s food". It was the second workshop in the frame of the activities on plant genetic resources in NRW. The workshop presented practical experiences of the use of old cereals for bread and beer production as well as scientific results on ingredients and production qualities of cereals like einkorn and emmer wheat. The presentations of the workshop are now available (in German only).


  • International course on genetic resources

    From April 13th to May 1st 2015 the University of Wageningen offers a course of contemporary strategies for conservation and use of genetic resources. The course is designed for professionals working in policy, research, education or development areas, which are involved in genetic resources management. The course subjects are inter alia current genetic resources management incl. gene bank and on-farm management, international agreements like WTO-TRIPS, UPOV or Nagoya protocol of the convention on biological diversity and the present discussions about regulations on access and benefit sharing.


  • Public BION-evening lectures on September 16 in Bonn

    In the run-up of the first international BION-conference in September the network offers two interesting evening lectures by renowned scientists from the Nees Institute for Biodiversity of Plants at the University of Bonn. On September 16, 2014 Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Barthlott will report on "Biodiversity - dimension, importance and threat of variety of life." Prof. Dr. Maximilian Weigend will give an outline on modern biodiversity research. The lectures will take place in lecture hall I in the main building of the University of Bonn, entry is free.


  • Scholarship for Mexico

    The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) exchange and scholarship programmes offer graduates from universities and colleges from areas such as Environmental policy, protection and sustainable use of natural resources, renewable energy, water management, International Relations, Development Cooperation, (eco)-Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry a practice-oriented training in Mexico. Graduates up to 35 years with professional experience and good knowledge of Spanish can apply until 10. November 2014.


  • Vacancy announcement

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    For the German science-policy interface for biodiversity research (NeFo) there is a vacancy for a scientist to give scientific-technical support to the German science-policy interface, especially to IPBES (Intergovernmental science-policy platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). The job is 75% of the regular weekly working time, and it is limited until 31.07.2018. Applications are welcome until 26.08.2014. Further information in German only.


  • Japan submits almost 18,000 crops and forages into the Multilateral System with high-value associated data

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan has notified the International Treaty about the inclusion of almost 18,000 accessions of crop and forages into the Treaty’s Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-Sharing (MLS) and the publication of its associated data, adding value to that material for breeders and researches. These 18,000 samples, maintained in Japan by the Genebank of the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS), belong to the list of crops and forages included in Annex 1 of the International Treaty for inclusion in the MLS including rice, wheat, barley, sorghum, maize and a large number grasses and forages. Japan became a Contracting Party to...


  • Technical Guidelines for Genetic Conservation and Use

    Recently, the Federal government and Länder Working Group "Forest Genetic Resources and Legislation on Forest Reproductive Material" makes technical guidelines for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of genetic resources of 24 tree species available. The guidelines are targeted to practical forest managers and provide summarized information on biology, ecology, distribution ranges, importance and use, threats to genetic diversity and recommendations for long-term genetic conservation. The guidelines were developed within the framework of the European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN).


  • Discover the waters

    After "Discover the Forest - The small forest Primer" and "Discover the land - The Little Country Guide" is the “water guide” the third publication from the popular series of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food. With profiles of aquatic animals and plants you can dive in sea, river and lake habitats.


  • Soft Hardwood harvest – a decision support system

    The aim of the project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, was to estimate the actual usable potential of soft hardwood and to develop sustainable management, use and exploitation concepts that can be implemented in sustainable multifunctional forest management. Therefore, a calculation program was developed for six different harvesting systems – for a manually via a highly mechanized way to Yarder.


  • First International BION Conference in September

    BION – Biodiversity in Bonn is a network of about 60 local, regional, national and international actors in the field of research and conservation of biodiversity. On the 1st International Conference “Biodiversity today for tomorrow” on September 17th to 19th in Bonn the BION Partners will give an insight view of their work. The Conference is structured in eight different theme and working groups, one “Biodiversity for food and agriculture / bioeconomy” is organized by the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity. If you wish further information please read the program and registration online


  • 10th Anniversary of the National Park Eifel

    The first and only National Park in North Rhine-Westphalia protects beech forests - since 2004 there are 110 square kilometres under special protection. For its 10th anniversary on 30.-31.08. 2014 selected research results will be presented in Schleiden-Gemünd.


  • BMEL launched funding priority "sustainable forest management"

    Structurally rich mixed forests of deciduous and coniferous trees are the objective of this funding measure. The aim is to provide through research and development as well as demonstration projects a contribution to the security of wood supply, the value added in forest ownership and the woodworking business and the conservation of forests, which also supply benefits to society such as protective functions and recreational purposes. Deadline for submission: 30.09.2014.


  • First Call for proposals under the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme

    The Secretariat of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) has launched a call to which the working groups can apply within the ECPGR itself. The projects that are funded within the ECPGR Activity Grant Schemes are intended to serve the implementation of the ECPGR objectives and support the long-term conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.


  • State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources

    The FAO launched its first report on "The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources" based on data from 86 countries. According to the report, half of the forest species reported as regularly utilized by countries are threatened by the conversion of forests to pastures and farmland, overexploitation, and the impacts of climate change. Therefore, a major step in building the information and knowledge base required for action towards better conservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources is provided within this report.


  • Survey on regional marketing of meat products started

    The Secretariat of the German Network of Rural Areas of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food is carrying out a survey on regional marketing of meat producers in the framework of the project "Food Processing in Rural Areas". The survey is intended to provide an overview over the success factors and obstacles for regional marketing of meat products. The deadline ends on 13th July 2014. Contact: Ms Rocha, 0049 (0)228/ 6845-3882.


  • Consequences of extreme weather conditions for agriculture and forestry

    Extreme weather conditions such as heat, drought, storm, flood, hail or frost can cause significant damage to agriculture and forestry. While the long-term and global impacts of climate change are being intensely investigated, for the highly varying extreme weather conditions on regional level there are hardly any reliable research results available. The research project "Agricultural Relevant Extreme Weather Conditions and Possibilities of Risk Management Systems" of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is intended to provide in-depth information. First results were presented in a workshop and discussed with experts from science, economy and governmental administration.


  • Natural capital Germany: Climate Report published

    Since 2012, the project "natural capital Germany – TEEB DE" has been working to describe the economic value of ecosystems and biodiversity. Due to this economic perspective the capability and benefits of nature can be more comprehensible and visible. This value can be taken into consideration in private and policy decision making in future. Synergies of climate protection and adaptation to climate change with the maintenance of capacity of natural capital and biodiversity are identified in the recently published climate report.


  • Start of the gene bank for crop wild relatives

    29-30. April 2014 was the final event of the pilot and demonstration project for the establishment of the gene bank for crop wild relatives. The project began in 2009 and was promoted by the BLE with funds of the BMEL. In this project period a strong network with various university facilities could be linked, that now wants to jointly continue the genebank for crop wild relatives.


  • Second Call for nominations for expert-groups, Deadline June 8th 2014

    At the beginning of April 2014 the german coordination center for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was set up at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Bonn. The coordination center calls for scientific participation in international and national processes of IPBES and gives informations about ongoing activities. At the moment they are looking for national experts for two expertgroups which shall fix contents and aims for a set of regional and subregional assessments and an assessment on land degradation and restoration.


  • Symposium migratory fish and fish migration in the River Elbe

    The "World Fish Migration Day" is an established event since 10 years, supplying information through a worldwide network of events concerning the problems of migratory fish. In this context the "Gesellschaft zur Rettung des Störs e.V " will perform a symposium on migratory fish and fish migration in the river Elbe in Elbschloss Bleckede on 24/05/2014. This symposium will be a taking place of 164 worldwide events and actions on this issue.


  • Forest of the Year 2014

    The Schönbruch (Baden-Württemberg) was chosen as Forest of the Year 2014 by the Union of German Foresters (Bund Deutscher Forstleute BDF) after a public vote with over 12.000 participants. It documents the exemplary fulfilment of all requirements of society and nature in a forest as well as the efforts of the foresters.


  • The gene bank for crop wild relatives is established

    The gene bank for crop wild relatives (Genbank WEL) was established in december 2013. Five project partners from academia and the Information and Coordination Centre (IBV) of the Federal Office for Food and Agriculture (BLE) are cooperation partners in this network. The starting point of the Genbank WEL was a project, which was funded by BMEL/BLE. Within the project, a final event will take place on 29 / 30.04.2013 in Regensburg. Inter alia the constitution, the goals and the further development of the national Genbank WEL will be outlined as well as the contributions to the implementation of the national and international framework. Registration is possible.



    The focus of the Third Call for Proposals is to provide financial resources for a targeted set of programmes, projects and activities of high potential impact as to help farmers adapt to climate change through the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Any governmental or non-governmental organization, including farmers and farmers’ organizations, genebanks and research institutions, as well as regional and international organizations, based in eligible countries that are Contracting Parties to the International Treaty, may apply for grants under the Benefit-sharing Fund until 5 May 2014.


  • Vacancy announcement

    The Global Crop Diversity Trust, located in Bonn is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant to the Exec-utive Office. Applications are possible till 13 April 2014.


  • Conference on plant genetic resources

    The PGR Secure consortium and the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA) are pleased to announce a joint international conference on utilization and conservation of crop wild relative (CWR) and landrace (LR) diversity for crop improvement in Cambridge, UK (16–20 June 2014).


  • Forest Condition Survey 2013

    The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) published the results of the national forest condition survey 2013. The recent survey shows that the condition of the forest in Germany compared to last year has improved slightly: The condition of beech, spruce and oak trees has improved; pine trees are almost unchanged. Despite the improvement crowns of oak trees are severely damaged. In addition no damage was reported for 38% of the trees. This information provides an important basis for forest and environmental policy decisions regarding the protection of the forests.


  • Fisheries management and aquaculture: European Research Call

    The Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) serves as a promoter for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BmEL) the first publication of the ERA-Nets COFASP on the topics of fisheries, aquaculture and processing. Now is called for the submission of concept sketches for transnational research projects. The total budget for transnational research is over five million Euros.


  • Transverse structures endanger fish stocks

    The effects of transverse structures on biodiversity and the biological and morpho-dynamic continuity of streams can be significant according to the Federal Government. Thus, currently only ten percent of the riverine water bodies are in a "very good" or "good ecological status", the Federal Government writes in a reply on a "small inquiry" made by the parliamentary group of the "Die Linke" (The Left Party). The fact that this percentage is so low, is attributed to dams in large part. The use of hydroelectric power also affects the downstream migration of fish.


  • Fit for Climate Change - Humid Forests in the Münsterland

    The aim of the project "Fit for Climate Change - Measures for Sustainable, Natural Adaptation of Humid Forests in the Münsterland to Climate Change" is to stabilize forests on mostly damp locations compared to the expected impacts of climate change and to achieve the most effective long-term fixation of CO2. The model-like examinations will be transferred to other areas with comparable site conditions. The project, which is sponsored by the Forest Climate Fund, is carried out by the NABU Nature Conservation Station Münster and the State Enterprise for Forestry and Timber North Rhine-Westphalia.


  • Breeding strategy for enhanced forest reproductive material

    Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Therefore a precautionary principle shall be developed to be able to encounter these future challenges. Forest plant breeding is an important starting-point with the provision of an adequate supply of enhanced forest reproductive material which is adaptable, efficient and resistant enough to the expected environmental changes. For that reason, detailed breeding strategies for 6 tree species (mountain maple, Douglas fir, oak, spruce, larch and pine) are suggested.


  • Seed festival 2014

    On Saturday the 8th March 2014 a seed festival organized by the Association for the Preservation of crop diversity (VEN) will take place in the Drachenfelsschule in Königswinter. With the slogan “Seed property is cultural property” the participating clubs and associations will inform about the protection and use of the cultivar diversity in agriculture. In addition interesting refreshments and seeds of rare varieties will be offered. The crafting of mandalas out of seeds or the presentation of rare breeds of domestic animals in the schoolyard also invite young visitors to join. The Information and Coordination Center of the BLE is represented with an information stand.


  • Certificate for sustainable short rotation coppice

    A certificate "Agrarholz nachhalitg anbauen" for short rotation coppice is available in Germany since 2014. It regulates the environmentally and climate-friendly lay out, management and harvest of short rotation coppice in harmony with the natural and water resources balance, biodiversity and the landscape. Furthermore, the European Union recognizes this form of agriculture as ecological priority area so that the federal states can subsidize the laying out of short rotation coppice.


  • Knowledge Portal for aquaculture goes online

    Immediately consumers can easily and quickly get to independent and transparent information on aquaculture: Under the scientific management of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) "aquaculture Info” a freely accessible knowledge-based internet platform for aquaculture has been created.


  • Environmental forest monitoring

    Since January 2014, the environmental forest monitoring is a legal duty for the federal government and the federal states. With the regulation a continuous elevation of data (e.g. crown condition, tree growth and litterfall) of German forests will be guaranteed. In addition, an intensive monitoring is carried out on select forest areas. Information about the condition and the development of the forests is an important basis for forest, environmental and political decisions as well as for international reports e.g. regarding climate change.


  • IPBES Call for expert nominations, Deadline for German nominations February 16th 2014

    The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) located in Bonn is a new advisory board of the United Nations. In January 2014, IPBES issued a call for nominations for expert groups and task forces for different biodiversity topics. According to the international agreed procedures the German government will provide a nomination list to the IPBES Secretariat: The Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo)is coordinating the German nomination process. Interested experts should contact NeFo until February 16th 2014.


  • Downderry-lavender collection new partner of the German Genebank for Ornamentels

    In January 2014 it was officially announced the inclusion of a significant collection of lavender in the network plant collections at the International Trade Fair for Plants (IPM) in Essen. Therewith the Downderry Lavender collection is now supporting partner in the network plant collections and part of the German Genebank for Ornamentals.


  • Vacancy announcement

    The Global Crop Diversity Trust, located in Bonn is seeking candidates for the position of a Finance Officer. Applications are possible till 3 March 2014.


  • Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

    A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched on 29th January at the land-mark Water Lives symposium bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists.


  • BION plenary meeting in the BLE

    BION “Biodiversity in Bonn” is a network of actors in Bonn, working on biodiversity issues at a local, regional, national or international level. The IBV of the BLE as a partner of the network recently hosted a BION stakeholder meeting. It focused on the constitution of the eight thematic working groups of BION as well as on the preparation of an International Congress "biodiversity today for tomorrow", that is planned for September 2014 (further information in German only).


  • NDR Info to endangered indigenous pig breeds

    The radio broadcast “NDR Info” on 17th January 2014 covered the topic of indigenous pig breeds. For the first time all German indigenous pig breeds are classified as endangered on the Red List of indigenous farm animal breeds. The Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity (IBV) of the BLE publishes this list und explains in the broadcast why the numbers of animals have decreased and describes the possibilities for their longtime conservation.


  • Vacancy Announcement

    The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) in Bonn is seeking a senior officer for the Forest Climate Fund. The application deadline is the 11th February, 2014.


  • Sessile Oak - Tree of the Year 2014

    For the 26th time a Tree of the Year was acknowledged by the Dr. Silvius Wodarz Stifung in Germany. For 2014, sessile oak (Quercus petraea) was chosen by Germany's Kuratorium "Baum des Jahres". Sessile oak is an indigenous tree species with the highest average life-expectancy: it can survive for more than a thousand years. Sessile oak is an attractive species in forestry, but is also suited for cities and the open countryside. Oak trees are known as veritable sanctuaries for animals as up to 500 different kinds of insects choose oak trees as their homes or food.


  • Red List of Indigenous Farm Animal Breeds 2013 published

    In order to inform about the development of the stocks of indigenous farm animal breeds, the BLE publishes the Red List of Indigenous Farm Animal Breeds every few years. The stock numbers of all farm animal breeds in Germany, which are ascertained by the BLE every year, build the basis for that. Based on this foundation, the National Committee on Animal Genetic Resources recommends the classification of the indigenous breeds into endangerment catego-ries. While some success could be achieved within the sheep breeds, there is a negative de-velopment shown within the pig breeds.


  • Horizon 2020: Genetic Resources

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    The European Commission has launched a call for proposals under the Research and Innovation Scheme, Horizon 2020, with high relevance for agrobiodivesity. Within the category "Sustainable Food Security", Call H2020-SFS-2014-2/07a-2014 includes a topic on "Traditional resources for agricultural diversity and the food chain" (Deadline 12.03.2014). Call H2020-SFS-2015-2/07b-2015 addresses "Management and sustainable use of of genetic resources" (Deadline 2402.2015).


  • CORE-Organic Plus: Call for Pre-Proposals

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    "CORE organic plus" is an ERA‐NET action, that intends to increase cooperation between national research activities for organic food and farming. A call for pre-proposals for transnational reserach has now been published. Four thematic areas are addressed, inter alia functional biodiversity and animal health, including breeding. Deadline for submission is 25 February 2014.


  • BMELV and FAO: New Forest Conservation Project

    The Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) started a new forest conservation project to help promote sustainable forest management, especially by smallholders. The main objective of the project is the sustainable management of forested landscapes by smallholders and communities through forest producer organizations.


  • The Sturgeon – Fish of the year 2014

    The German Association for Recreational Fishing (DAFV) selected the sturgeon as fish of the year 2013. Populations of the two species European Sturgeon and Atlantic Sturgeon historically found in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea catchment areas. Meanwhile, both species are considered as extinct. Researchers, government agencies, anglers and conservationists working together since the founding of the Save the Sturgeon Society in 1994 to re-establish self-reproducing sturgeon-stocks in German waters.


  • Waldfible: New Poster Series

    In addition to the "Waldfible" a new poster series with six characteristic Germany tree species - three coniferous and three deciduous trees- is now available. Introducing site conditions, its importance for the environment, nature, forestry and typical plant and animal species of each habitat. The poster series is available in A1 and A2 and shall be used to directly address the issue of forest at schools, kindergartens or forest education institutions.


  • Energy transition and Forest Biodiversity: flagship projects wanted

    The project "Energy Transition and Forest Biodiversity" examines the relationship between fuel wood production and biodiversity. It will help to enhance communication between nature conservation, forestry practice, forest land owners, energy and timber industry. The objectives are recommended actions that promote the constructive coexistence of forest use and nature conservation. Therefore flagship projects that promote biodiversity within a management concept and at the same time produce biomass for energy production within the forest are wanted. Applications will be accepted until 31.01.2014.


  • Vacancy Announcement

    The Department of Crop Sciences, Plant Breeding, Section Genetic Resources and Ecological Plant Breeding of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen offers a position as a research assistant (PhD) with 65% of the normal weekly working time (25.87 hours / week), limited for a period of three years. The salary will be paid according to salary group E13 TV-L. Vacancy Announcement


  • Agrobiodiversity of grasslands

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    On 12./13th of November, a symposium took place in Berlin, organised by the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity. 100 participants, representing the research sector, policy, administration, and civil society, discussed the possibilities to combine grassland management economically with the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity-rich grasslands. The State Secretary for Agriculture Dr. Kloos appreciated in his speech the work of the Scientific Advisory Board for Biodiversity. He also signalized his support for a national strategy for grasslands.


  • Network for the conservation of Rubus

    The German Genebank for Fruits (DGO) has established a Rubus network to ensure long-term conservation of genetic diversity of raspberries and blackberries. The establishment of this network is another step to foster the structure of the DGO and maintain the diversity of native fruit species. The Rubus network combines currently four partners: Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Plant Variety Office, State Office of Saxony for Environment, Agriculture and Geology and the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).


  • True facts: Sustainable Seafood Week Germany

    Launched on 4 November, MSC Germany’s sustainable seafood week campaign for 2013 is called “In black and white – True facts from the world of sustainable fishing”. From 4 to 8 November 2013, 500 MSC-certified foodservice sites throughout Germany is raising awareness of their MSC-labelled seafood products and telling diners what the blue ecolabel stands for.


  • Expert discussion ”Pig breeding for organic farming”

    On 26th and 27th November 2013, the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW), in cooperation with Ecoland e.V., organizes an expert discussion to the subject “Pig breeding for organic farming” in Schwäbisch-Hall. The main topic of this event is to find chances to include the requirements of organic farming in the mod-ern pig breeding programmes. Representatives from science, breeders associations and practice will speak there. At the end of event there will be a panel discussion.


  • Excellent Sturgeon Project - UN Decade of Biodiversity

    The resettlement project for sturgeon was selected in 2007 as a flagship project of the National Biodiversity Strategy of the German Federal Government. Now, the team of the company for rescue of the sturgeon and its partners were awarded a second time.


  • Protected Destination of Origin (PDO) for “Weideochse vom Limpurger Rind“

    In the EU Office Journal form 24th September 2013, the inclusion of the “Weideochse vom Limpurger Rind” to the list of Protected Destinations of Origin (PDO) was published. The application for this protection term had been made by the breeding association “Züchtervereinigung Limpurger Rind e.V.”. As a result, production, processing and preparation of foodstuffs, that are produced in a given geographical area, using recognised know-how, are protected. As well, there can be positive effects on the continuity of this breed.


  • Initiative „Varieties for Diversity“ presented on the international floor

    In a side event of the 5th Meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Oman, BMELV and BLE have together with the German Plant Breeders´Association (BDP) presented their joint initiative “Varieties for Diversity”. The Secretary of the International Treaty, Dr. Shakeel Bhatti, appreciated the pathbreaking approach and called for other nations to follow this example.


  • International symposium „Improving the environment for the freshwater pearl mussel” in Austria

    On Nov. 13th and 14th renowned scientists from eleven European countries will give lectures on mussel conservation strategies and experiences in catchment area management. On Nov. 15th the interests of regional stakeholders will take centre stage in a German language symposium. Anyone interested in the subject is very welcome to take part.


  • PGRDEU 2.0 is launched

    The National Inventory on Plant Genetic Resources in Germany (PGRDEU) is now online in a new and expanded version. For the first time the collections of the German Genebank for Ornamentals and the Genebank for Crop Wild Relatives are searchable as well as substantial data on in situ and on farm occurrences of wild and cultivated plants. PGRDEU is hosted by the Information- and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity at the BLE.


  • Scientific Advisory Board for Forest Policy

    With regard to sustainable forest management the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection will be consulted by the Scientific Advisory Board for Forest Policy. The independent panel of experts will promote the consultations on sustainable forest management and support the federal government in the design and development of a sustainable forest policy in Germany.


  • Call: Adaption to climate smart-agriculture

    FACCE-JPI pre-announces the upcoming call for joint European research projects. The call for pre-proposals is expected to open on the 1st of October 2013. The main objective of this call is to support interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches on the adaptation of European agriculture. Different areas are highlighted as key to advancing research in this area eg. genetics and breeding of animals and plants. The call will be an ERA-NET Plus action (Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission).


  • Genebank for Generatively Propagated Ornamentals is expanding

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    The expansion of the German genebank ornamental plants is an important objective of the National Programme for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). Now to an agreement between the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) and the Federal Office of Plant Varieties (BSA) was signed. Through this framework, the Genebank of ornamental plants now can now be expanded by the acquisition of collection-holding partners and supporting partners.


  • Vacancy Announcement

    Bioversity International and the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) are looking for a well qualified Associate Scientist on Cacao Diversity for the Bioversity’s office in Turrialba, Costa Rica.


  • Announcement for the support of German Israeli research projects

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    The Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) has published an announcement for the support of German-Israeli research projects. It supports the cooperation and exchange between German and Israeli research institutes in the field of agriculture and food. Applications can be submitted to BLE until 31st of October 2013.


  • Vacancy Announcement

    The University of Bonn is seeking a coordinator for the recently founded network for biodiversity in Bonn (BION). The application deadline is the 6th of September, 2013.


  • Election of the Forest of the Year 2014

    The Union of German Foresters (Bund Deutscher Forstleute, BdF) opened a public consultation on the Forest of the Year 2014. Four forests have been nominated: Lieberoser Heide, Schönbuch, Steigerwald and Zittauer Gebirge. The internet vote will be opened until 31 August 2013.