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:

  • The situation of most species on the Red List should improve at least one level on the list of endangered species. For example, an animal that is currently rated as "threatened by extinction" should then only be considered "endangered".
  • Peatland, forests and other rural habitats should be able to capture ten percent more carbon dioxide (CO2) than they do today. For this purpose, they are restored for example by allowing water that has been removed from moors to return (regeneration).
  • Our cities and settlements should include as many green spaces as possible within walking distance of all residents.