(German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment - DNR)
Deutscher Naturschutzring (German League for Nature, Animal Protection and Environment – DNR), set up in 1950 by 15 founding members, is a coalition of German environmental NGOs. Today DNR counts 96 member organisations.
As the umbrella organisation of German environmental NGOs, DNR takes up issues that are of regional, national and international relevance.
DNR’s European and global activities gain importance since many environmental problems can only be solved through international cooperation.
Nature conservancy means protection and enhancement of the quality of life. Nature conservancy and other environmental issues affect all of us. DNR strives for a broad social consensus, because
together we can do it.
The DNR has the following objectives:
- protecting biological diversity; to protect, restore, care for and improve the natural economy with all its components, and to stop destruction and degradation of nature and the environment,
- demanding sustainability and environmental safety in all private and public planning processes,
- presenting models, approaches, and solutions for sustainable production and consumption patterns and to promote their implementation particularly in the industrialised countries.
According to its by-laws, DNR fulfills the following tasks:
- coordination of the activities of member organisations,
- lobbying with governments, ministries, public administration, and trade associations,
- developing policy papers with regard to urgent issues in nature conservancy and environmental protection,
- establishing ad hoc working groups to deal with relevant issues such as environmental law,
- providing services for organisations and public authorities. DNR issues a monthly journal, umwelt aktuell, which provides an overview of relevant laws, legislative initiatives and opinions on specialized and strategic questions,
- intensive dialogue with all major groups, such as the academic and research/science community, media, political parties, churches, trade unions or trade, sports and tourism associations,
- organising public events and professional conferences. DNR is the co-organiser of the biannual Deutsche Naturschutztag (DNT) in cooperation with the Berufsverband beruflichicher Naturschutz (BBN) and the Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN). In addition, DNR organises various projects.
- dissemination of information, mainly via public relations activities and publications. The latter include policy papers on relevant topics as well as conference readers. umwelt aktuell is the internal information bulletin.
A list of publications is available from the DNR secretariat.
DNR acts as national liaison for nature conservancy issues with the European Council (Naturopa Center). It is a member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Ressources (IUCN).
The EU-Koordination, established by DNR, provides information on European environmental issues. It publishes a weekly newsletter, which presents and analyses major events, legislative initiatives and developments on the European level.
DNR also accomodates the Projekstelle Umwelt & Entwicklung, the secretariat of the German NGO Forum on Environment & Development which is a joint initiative of environment and development NGOs to monitor and promote implementation of Agenda 21.
The general meeting which convenes annually is the governing body of the DNR. An unsalaried board of directors consisting of the chair of the board, two vice chairs, a financial director, a youth representative and six members is elected every four years.
The salaried staff of the DNR secretariat is in charge of day-to-day operations.
DNR is funded by membership fees,by institutional support by the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, by project funds, donations, and fines.
Upon request, we will provide further information in English (against a small fee) on umwelt aktuell, EU-Koordination, and conference readers.
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