The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Energy (BMU) released the following regulations on the subject of biodiversity in October 2010. The specific targets of the national strategy on biological diversity apply immediately and should be reached by 2010, 2015, 2020 - depending on the target - or - as in one case - by 2050.
By 2020, the percentage of forests allowed to develop naturally is to be raised from its current level of one percent to five percent. Background: The animals, plants, and forest mushrooms on the German government's Red List are primarily those that depend on natural processes in forests.
Other targets to be reached by 2020 include: