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Living and breathing nature conservation in Germany and worldwide

Founded in 1899, NABU (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union) is Germany’s oldest and largest environmental association. With more than 900,000 members and 70,000 active volunteers, NABU works tirelessly to protect species, habitats and climate, at home and worldwide. Our projects around the globe empower strong local partners to take action for nature conservation and against the climate and biodiversity crises.

Explore our international projects

Indonesia:
Hutan Harapan

Hutan Harapan is a tropical lowland forest in Sumatra, Indonesia. It is one of the last refuges for endangered species and provides countless ecosystem services. Together with local communities and indigenous groups, NABU protects and restores the forest and researches its biodiversity.

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Five countries in Europe:
LIFE Multi Peat

What Europe needs? Wet peatlands! NABU coordinates the international project LIFE Multi Peat that aims to rewet and manage degraded peatlands covering an area of 689 hectare. The project is being implemented in Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland and Germany.

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Ethiopia:
Coffee-novation

Kafa Biosphere Reserve in Ethiopia is challenged by the lack of sustainable employment and innovation for green development and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The project diversifies the value chain of organic garden coffee and promotes sustainable income opportunities.

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Central Asia:
Protecting snow leopards

Snow leopards are among the most endangered big cats on earth. Only 4,000 to 6,400 animals now live in the wild. NABU has been committed to the survival of snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan since 1999 and is now working all across Central Asia to protect snow leopards and their
habitat.

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Indonesia:
Mangrove conservation

Mangroves and their ecosystem services are indispensable for Indonesia's coastal communities. However, the country experiences alarming rates of mangrove loss. In Sulawesi, NABU and its BirdLife partner support mangrove conservation and identifies areas suitable for restoration.

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Armenia:
Creative Mountains

The mountains of Armenia belong to the Caucasus biodiversity hotspot and are unique in both natural and cultural heritage. With the project "Creative Mountains", NABU and its partners seek to promote conservation and sustainable development in local communities.

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Six African countries:
AfriEvolve

NABU and six African NGOs have set up a regional cluster network for enhancing organisational development of green NGOs in Africa. The project supports local farmers in adapting agricultural systems to climate change and facilitates peer-to-peer learning exchanges as well as civil society cooperation.

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Finland, Latvia, Germany:
LIFE Peat Carbon

Through peatland restoration, the project aims to reduce CO₂ emissions in project sites by the equivalent of 37.117 tons of CO₂ per year in Latvia and 3.500 tons of CO₂ equivalent per year in Finland. NABU is supporting the project with its expertise in peatland restoration and communications.

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Kyrgyzstan: Reintroduction of the goitered gazelle

The goitered gazelle inhabits Asian steppes and semi-deserts from the Arabian Peninsula to northern China. The little gazelle was once at home in Kyrgyzstan too, but has become locally extinct. Now it is the time to change that: NABU is supporting this project to reintroduce this species.

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Armenia:
Clean Future

How can we incorporate environmental protection in our lives? The project Clean Future in Armenia pursues this question and answers it with collaborative action. To mobilise Armenian civil society intergenerationally for the reduction of pollution – this is the goal of the project. For a cleaner and healthier future!

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Latest News

Peatlands into Nature Restoration Law!

Together with a broad international alliance, NABU demands the uptake of ambitious goals for the restoration and protection of peatlands into the EU Nature Restoration Law. This pertains especially to Article 9 on agro-ecosystems. We say: Into the law with it!

Return of the goitered gazelle

Over 1,800 kilometres and six mountain passes laden with deep snow: Twelve little goitered gazelles embark on an odyssey from Uzbekistan to their new home. Their goal: NABU's reintroduction centre in Kyrgyzstan, where the species went locally extinct in 2007.

When the rains don't come

Knowledge building, empowerment and climate-adapted agriculture: These are the core principles of the project AfriEvolve, coordinated by NABU. Its implementation is taking place in six African countries, including Tanzania and Ivory Coast. Our partners provide insights into their daily work.

Church towers for bats

In Transcarpathia, young people get to learn why bats are important for our ecosystems and what the best measures are to protect these nocturnal animals. In this way, they become ambassadors for bat conservation and biodiversity in their communities.

How to expand offshore wind and protect nature

Offshore wind energy is a vital part of the energy transition. By 2045, its capacity is expected to increase ninefold in German waters. But where to place all the wind farms? A NABU study shows how to choose sites that are compatible with nature conservation.

NABU Cruise Ranking 2023

Rising greenhouse gas emissions and heavy air pollutions remain the gravest problems of the cruise ship industry. NABU's annual cruise ship ranking, presented on 28 June in Hamburg, delivers renewed evidence that change is needed. But hope is on the horizon.

Environmental devastation after dam destruction

The destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant dam in Kherson has devastating consequences for people, flora and fauna in the region. Simultaneous flooding and draining of various regions bring damage and destruction to countless ecosystems.

Safe haven for snow leopards

Injured snow leopards can recover from their tribulations in the NABU wildlife rehabilitation centre, where they are nursed back to health.

The benefits of peatland restoration for Europe

International Strategy 2030

ʻWe are what we do – also internationallyʼ: Our International Strategy 2030 sets the course for our nature conservation projects and programmes worldwide. It offers guidance for NABU staff, volunteers and partners, who are constantly searching for effective answers to the most urgent questions of our time. We will tackle the challenges we face and take action against the climate and biodiversity crisis.

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