In the Döberitzer Heide, a heath on the outskirts of Berlin, bison, Przewalski horses and red deer now grace the landscape of what was formerly a military training ground. learn more

With its near-natural design approach, the graveyard biodiversity project reduces the maintenance effort involved in tending cemeteries, makes them more visually attractive and increases the biodiversity that exists within their walls. learn more

The preventive health project offers a social, group-based approach to help provide balance and emotional support for children from families coping with addiction and/or impaired mental health. learn more

The nationwide Junior Ranger programme is designed to capture children’s imaginations, spark their interest in natural processes and natural landscapes in Germany, and enable them to become actively involved. learn more

This Cologne-based ‘save the sparrows’ project involves specially devised activities and a call for citizens’ initiatives to create habitats primarily for house sparrows while ensuring that they will also benefit biodiversity as a whole. learn more

Sport divers and other interested individuals can use an online platform ( to report sightings of aquatic alien species. The initiative was launched by the German Sport Diving Association. learn more

The project promotes the enhancement of open-land habitats in intensively farmed arable landscapes. A non-profit organisation runs the project in the Lower Rhine Basin physiographic region. learn more

Urban habitats: in the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district of Berlin, a cooperative protects and enhances the natural habitats on the Lindenhof Garden City housing estate. learn more

WWF Germany is working to develop and implement a new nature conservation module for organic farming. The aim is to achieve a verifiable increase in the biodiversity of wild animals and plants in habitats shaped by agriculture. learn more

Döberitzer Heide – Wild Heath
Biodiversity in Church Cemeteries
Faba Nature Project: Biodiversity for Emotional Balance
Junior Ranger: Children and Youth as Natural Landscapes Ambassadors
Saving the Sparrow in Cologne
Revealing Hidden Species Underwater
Rhineland Alive and Buzzing – Farmers for Diversity in the Fields
Biodiversity at the Lindenhof Garden City Estate
Farming for Species Diversity

The UN Decade on Biodiversity

The UN Decade on Biodiversity was officially launched in Germany on November 8, 2011. It is implemented on behalf of the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMUB) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). Central element of the German activities is the UN Decade contest. Every week, a project is awarded, which works in an exemplary manner on the conservation, sustainable use or communication of biodiversity.

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