Founded in 1899, NABU (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union), is one of the oldest and largest environment associations in Germany. The association encompasses more than 700,000 members and sponsors, who commit themselves to the conservation of threatened habitats, flora and fauna, to climate protection and energy policy.
NABU's main objectives are the preservation of habitats and biodiversity, the promotion of sustainability in agriculture, forest management and water supply and distribution, as well as to enhance the significance of nature conservation in our society.
About 40,000 volunteers play an active role in practical nature conservation work, with great success: this is something that is special to NABU. These active NABU members look after more than 110,000 hectares of valuable protected reserves in Germany. NABU also has volunteer groups working on an international level to conserve nature and combat poverty in Africa, Eurasia and the Caucasus. This work is supported by professionals at our regional offices and at our national headquarters in Berlin, who take care of public relations, project development and management and political lobbying.
"The frequency of extreme weather events is increasing dramatically around the world due to global heating. To tackle the climate crisis we have to lower greenhouse gas emissions substantially. We need a shift from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy - produced in a nature-friendly way. The power grid is key in this transformation: It needs to adapt to the changes in power generation and consumption. It is our obligation to develop our power grids - in harmony with nature - on the path to a fossil-free society. Ultimately, it's the necessary step to preserve our environment, our ecosystems and biodiversity."