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Over one-third of Germany is protected. This percentage encompasses more than 90% of Germany’s remaining healthy and intact landscapes. To reach half, Germany must engage in significant habitat restoration and innovate new approaches for people to live in harmony with nature.

Fall in Bavaria, Germany. Photo by Wellington Rodrigues.

Germany's Ecology

Germany’s protected area system began in 1920, and the German people exhibit a high concern for their natural areas. Nevertheless, the average size of nature conservation areas in Germany is only 156 hectares, meaning that many of these areas are not safe from degradation that originates outside the park. Creating buffer zones around these areas, and establishing wildlife corridors will be essential for restoring high quality wild areas to Germany.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


Frankfurt Zoological Society

We conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places.

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Rewilding Europe

Making Europe a wilder place, with more space for wild nature, wildlife and natural processes, and exploring new ways for people to enjoy and earn a fair living from the wild.

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The Nature Needs Half movement is only as strong as its member organizations. Discover more about the individuals and organizations who have committed to protecting 50% of the planet by 2050.
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Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Photo by Sean O'Flaherty.
Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park

This nutrition-rich area is a haven for migratory birds, and is a cornerstone for the health of these populations in Northern Europe.

Hintersee, Germany. Photo by Felix Mittermeier.
Bavarian Forest National Park

Though politically controversial, the establishment of this national park helps protect the culturally important Black Forest, providing critically needed land for wildlife.

Jasmund National Park, Germany. Photo by Sascha Lichtenstein.
Jasmund National Park

Jasmund isn’t just about the stunning chalk cliffs. It’s also the home to many rare and precious species, including black alder, yew, and orchids.

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