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Federal Nature Conservation Act.

Type of law
Date of original text

The present Act establishes that the conservation, preservation and development of nature and landscapes, both in populated and non-populated areas, shall be such as to effectively serve the following purposes: 1) to maintain the efficiency of the balance of nature, 2) to preserve the exploitability of nature's resources, 3) to conserve fauna and flora, and 4) to safeguard the variety, particularity and beauty of nature and landscapes. The present Act consists of 74 articles divided into 11 Parts as follows: General provisions (1); Land use planning (2); General protection of nature and landscape (3); Protection, care and development of certain parts of nature and landscape (4); Protection and care of wild fauna and wild flora (5); Marine protection (6); Recreation in nature and landscape (7); Participation of recognized associations (8); Ownership (9); Administrative fines and penalties (10); Transitional provisions (11). The Act also concerns water management for nature conservation purposes.
Long title of text
Act on protection of nature and preservation of landscape.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Consolidated version of the Federal Nature Conservation Act as last amended by the Act on the Protection of Insect Diversity in Germany and on the Amendment of Other Provision BGBI. I S.3809
Serial Imprint
Bundesgesetzblatt year 2021, Part I, No.59 , 30 August 2021 pp.3908-3918.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Gesetz ber Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege (Bundesnaturschutzgesetz BNatSchG).
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