Humpback whale mother and calf
Nature conservation

Nature conservation

Out of the danger zone

What nature takes hundreds or thousands of years to create can often be destroyed by human beings in a fraction of this time. Countless species of animals and plants are at risk of extinction. To preserve the legacy of our planet, KfW finances 446 conservation areas in 38 countries on behalf of the German Federal Government. A total of 24 of these conservation areas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


This article appeared in the spring/summer 2014 issue of CHANCEN magazine on "Age" and was updated in June 2017.

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Further information on the Federal Government's activities in international species protection:

Published on KfW Stories: Wednesday, 28 June 2017


All United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. At its heart is a list of 17 goals for sustainable development, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our world should become a place where people are able to live in peace with each other in ways that are ecologically compatible, socially just, and economically effective.