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The Information and Coordination Center for biological diversity is presenting a game on the IGW 2017 in hall 23a from the BMEL about biological diversity of indigenous animals and plants. Where does the Swabian-Hall landrace pig live today? Is it endangered or not? With the help of a game, the visitors can assign animals or plants to their typical are and thus discover and learn a lot about this unique but also endangered diversity in Germany.
The Franconian Forest "Frankenwald" was chosen as Forest of the Year 2017 by the Union of German Foresters (Bund Deutscher Forstleute, BDF). It is a large continuous area of woodland containing meadow valleys and mountain ridges rich in biodiversity. This award documents the exemplary fulfilment of all requirements of society and nature in a forest as well as the efforts of the foresters.
At its meeting in November 2016, the National Committee on Animal Genetic Resources decided to extend the „List of old indigenous poultry breeds in Germany“ to pigeons. Thus, it follwed the recommendation of the working group for small animals, which is a sub-working group of the committee. Up to know the list included the species chickens, ducks, goose and turkey and is published as a part of the BLE brochure „Red List – Indigenous farm animal breeds in Germany“. The working group will now review, which pigeon breeds meet the criteria for the inclusion on the list. For this, an important prerequisite is, that the breed is or was of an agricultural use.
For the sector project "Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity", GIZ offers an internship in Eschborn for half a year from February 2017 onwards. This project provides advise for the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development on the further development of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Programs and projects in partner countries will be professionally and conceptually supported for the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the CBD. The focus is on development and testing of methods, instruments and measures for capacity building. Detailed information at:
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations FAO seeks a Secretary for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Rome. The Secretary shall enjoy functional autonomy in matters within the mandate of the Treaty and decisions taken by the Governing Body. An University degree qualifications, preferably at postgraduate level, in international policy, international law administration, biosciences, agriculture or related fields, and at least ten years of relevant experience in policy work as well as appropriate language skills are required. Applications can be submitted until January 9th, 2017.
© Mario Merkel
The flounder (Platichthys flesus) is chosen as Fish of the Year 2017. This flatfish was jointly selected by the German Fishing Association (DAFV) and the Federal Office for Nature Conservation (BfN) in accordance with the Association of German Sport divers (VDST). The flounder is a migratory fish, which is most of the year found in estuaries. Adults inhabit sea and brackish waters, often entering freshwaters. With the choice of the flounder as fish of the year 2017, it is pointed out that the seas and rivers are inseparable habitats and that many fish species are impacted by barrages as e. g. weirs.