Conservation & Restoration

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Conservation & Restoration

The GfÖ-Specialist Group Conservation was founded in 2015 in Göttingen. The members assembly 2016 in Marburg decided to unify the newly founded SG Conservation with the established SG Restoration into a joined SG „Conservation and Restoration“. Members of GfÖ develop in many field of ecology basis knowledge that can contribute to improve conservation of biological diversity. Our aim is to improve the exchange and cooperation between science and practice in conservation. To this end, we collaborate with the Professional Institution of Conservation Practice (BBN) and the Federal Agengy for Nature Conservation (BfN) in Germany:

  • To enhance transfer of research finding into practice
  • To compile a catalogue of requirements for beginners in conservation practice
  • To carry out workshops on current and specific topics of conservation
  • To organize joint activities (sessions and panels at annual meetings, public statements on conservation topics)

Our activities so far:

  • Biannual meetings with BBN and BfN in Frankfurt
  • GfÖ-Bridging Workshop on „Bridging Science and Practice in Conservation“
  • Joint session with BBN and BfN at the annual GfÖ-meeting in Marburg
  • Open panel at the „Conservation Practice Day of Germany“ in Magdeburg

The next workshop on „Defining conservation – a reflection of motivations and trade-offs in conservation“ will take place from 16-17 February 2017 in Gießen.


Prof. Dr. Nina FarwigProf. Dr. Wolfgang W. Weisser