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Environmental education/sustainability in Germany

Education for sustainable development intends to broaden the scope of environmental education by taking into account economic and social issues, in order to consider environmental affairs within the framework of an efficient economy and a just society (sustainability triangle). Tthis approach was adopted by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2002 (National Sustainability Strategy). At a global level, the United Nations announced the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) 2005-2014.
Many German Institutions and societies concerned with sustainable development offer English language websites.

Ministries /Offices

Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) / Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety


The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety offers a comprehensive English language website with general information as well as further documents (for download) and links to related sources. Its tasks include: policy-making and legislation on climate, energy, chemical safety, waste, soil contamination/protection. Services - [...] 

Umweltbundesamt (UBA) / Federal Environment Agency (UBA)


The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is an independent organisation under the jurisdiction of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. As a scientific body it is concerned with providing the political decision-makers with advice, collectingand disseminating environmental data, and protecting the public from adversary environment [...] 

Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz (BMELV) / Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection


The Ministry is in charge of agriculture and agricultural policy, food protection, consumer rights, health issues, on a national and an international scale (EU). 


Education for Sustainable Development (Web Portal)


The portal provides information on actors and activities in the area of sustainable development and education, the English language version is a summary. 

Individual topics in focus (texts)

UNESCO Decade for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)


The UNESCO Decade for Eucation for Sustainable Development (DESD) with the UNESCO as the lead agency aims at education and learning with regard to issues of environment, justice and viable economy. The website informs about activities in different regions of the world, sustainability efforts regarding urbanisation, e.g., and conferences. 

Sustainability Information by the Federal Government


A website by the Federal Government of Germany which introduces the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, a key issu since 2002, along with indicators and progress report, current news, and the topical agenda in sustainable development in Germany, also in a EU context. 




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