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.
- 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
- 09/05/2022Press release
FZS Executive Director Dr. Christof Schenck to receive German Environmental Award09/05/2022Press release
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The biologist, conservationist, and executive director of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), Dr. Christof Schenck, will be receiving this year’s German Environmental Prize. The German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)) announced today.
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Dr. Christof Schenck awarded One World Medal10/29/2021Blog
Dr. Christof Schenck awarded One World Medal
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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.