A place for wilderness in Germany

There is great demand for more wilderness. Many animals, plants, and fungi depend on having large contiguous habitats where natural processes can take place undisturbed. Humans, too, feel a need to experience nature in its wild form – in places that are within easy reach. Germany offers a wide range of fascinating landscapes – from its coasts in the north to the Alps in the south. However, the country is densely populated and criss-crossed by roads. This makes it all the more pressing to preserve the last remaining intact natural landscapes for future generations.

And it is why we are supporting the creation of new wilderness areas on former military training grounds in Brandenburg and Thuringia. We are advising our partners there and providing funding for the local wilderness projects by supporting land purchases, for example. In the Wispertaunus region in Hesse, we are safeguarding natural forests close to Frankfurt am Main by linking up existing protected areas within the forest.

We have launched the Wildnis in Deutschland (“Wilderness in Germany”) initiative which gives us considerable leverage with regard to political decision-making. The alliance of 20 conservation organizations also pools its information and experience in managing wilderness areas. We coordinate activities and provide advice, especially to smaller initiatives that are campaigning for wilderness areas in their local region.

Our work in Germany

  • We establish and extend protected areas
  • We advise and support wilderness initiatives
  • We influence decision-makers
  • We finance and mediate the purchase of wilderness areas
  • We train young nature conservation professionals
  • We support wilderness research

News from Germany

  • 03/12/2021Project update

    COVID-19 pandemic impacts on FZS supported sites

    03/12/2021Project update

    COVID-19 pandemic impacts on FZS supported sites

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused negative impacts to most places where FZS operates, but the crisis also provides valuable learnings and opportunities that could strengthen protected areas in the future.

  • 01/14/2021Project update

    Legacy Landscapes Fund promoted by Angela Merkel during the One Planet Summit

    01/14/2021Project update

    Legacy Landscapes Fund promoted by Angela Merkel during the One Planet Summit

    During the One Planet Summit, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel stated that Germany will be contributing to protecting 30% of the planet’s land and sea using the ‘Legacy Landscapes Fund’, a joint initiative that includes FZS as one of the partner organizations.

  • 11/15/2020Press release

    FZS joins the ‘Wildlife Conservation 20’

    11/15/2020Press release

    FZS joins the ‘Wildlife Conservation 20’

    FZS joins the ‘WC20’, which gathers 20 leading conservation groups ahead of G20 Leaders’ Summit. Act now to invest in nature or face biodiversity collapse and further pandemics, ‘Wildlife Conservation 20’ warns G20

Our projects in Germany

  • Germany

    Training the conservation experts of the future

  • Germany

    Hohe Schrecke

  • Germany

    Jüterbog and Lieberoser Heide

  • Germany

    Wilderness in Germany


Kellerwald-Edersee National Park expanded by approximately 2,000 hectares.


Bavarian Forest National Park grows by 600 hectares.


Wilderness in Germany initiative publishes “Wegweiser zu mehr Wildnis” (“Guide to More Wilderness”).


Hesse designates large areas of natural forest e.g. in Wispertaunus.


Foundation of Hunsrück National Park.


FZS Wilderness in Germany project starts work.


Start of the large-scale Hohe Schrecke nature conservation project.


Establishment of the Brandenburg Wilderness Foundation.



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