Ministerium fur Klimaschutz

Düsseldorf, Germany

Ministerium fur Klimaschutz

Düsseldorf, Germany

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Schneeweiss N.,Landesamt fur Umwelt | Hintzmann J.,Ministerium fur Klimaschutz | Lippert J.,Seeburger | Stein M.,Kastanienweg 1 | Thiesmeier B.,Diemelweg 7
Zeitschrift fur Feldherpetologie | Year: 2014

At the least since the mid-19th century numerous free-living amphibians and reptiles get collected for hobby activity or commercial interests. The extinction of one green lizard population or the decline of European tree frogs in the surrounding of Berlin has been pulled together with the capture of animals since turn of the century before last. According to the federal law on nature protection and the species conservation act the capture of native amphibians and reptiles and their husbandry is forbidden since nearly 30 years. Despite of these clear legal norms interferences on free-living amphibian and reptiles populations are repeating until today. The motives are various and range from a collection purpose and a self-constituted breeding project to the point of unethical animal marketing. Even recently the illegal removal of individuals threatened one of the last green lizard population in Germany. Investigations in the internet, anonymous information and later on criminalistic investigations uncovered a network of national and international organized criminals. Three responsible persons have been convicted to partly perennial suspended jail sentences. The increasing threat for native amphibian and reptile populations demands more social efforts against the illegal capture and trade of wild animals. The public authorities for species conservation execution of the federal states have an important role. We claim for a complete ban in trading native amphibian and reptiles species. Organizations like the DGHT have to argue with the animal trade more critically and should put more efforts in the conservation of native amphibian and reptile populations in the future. © Laurenti-Verlag Bielefeld.


Franzaring J.,University of Hohenheim | Wedlich K.,University of Hohenheim | Fangmeier A.,University of Hohenheim | Eckert S.,LUBW | And 4 more authors.
Environmental Science and Pollution Research | Year: 2016

Seed losses from imported oilseed rape (OSR) and the genetically modified (GM) admixtures therein may potentially lead to the establishment of transgenic plants and their hybridization with wild crucifers. The post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) must therefore also address problems related to seed spillages of GM OSR. Since detailed information on imported commodity flows, GM contents, means of transport, downstream users and efficient containment of GM OSR was lacking, we performed a field study in the vicinity of large oil mills and seed processing industries at the harbours along the river Rhine. One hundred thirty-six composite samples taken from one to 20 plants per site were collected near roads, railways and waterways. Individuals or large groups of feral OSR plants were detected in all of the nine study areas, but only one plant out of 1918 tested was confirmed to be transgenic (GT73). The results suggest that a spread of herbicide tolerant GM OSR has not occurred to date. In order to confirm the absence of GM feral OSR and potentially adverse effects of GM plants in the future, we recommend monitoring feral OSR on a routine basis. We present an approach for the sampling and testing of feral OSR that is based on floristic mapping and rapid tests for the determination of herbicide tolerances. © 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg


The eel plans prepared by France, the Netherlands and Germany will be presented and compared. The (still) uncoordinated national measures are suitable as a whole to achieve the goals of the EU Eel Regulation for a big international catchment area like the Rhine is to be scrutinized.


Zepp H.,Ruhr University Bochum | Doll C.,Ruhr University Bochum | Hohn U.,Ruhr University Bochum | Jurgens C.,Ruhr University Bochum | And 6 more authors.
Berichte zur Deutschen Landeskunde | Year: 2012

On the relict mine site "Hugo 2/5/8" in the city of Gelsenkirchen the developer plans the construction of a biomass plantation. It is in concordance with the province's biomass action plan with the speciality that for the first time a biomass plantation would be located within an urban area instead of a rural landscape. The authors discuss the multifunctional perspectives of the project with respect to the ecological and social potential. In a multi-scale approach the benefits and the risks of the biomass plantation for the developing company and for nearby urban dwellers is presented. To ensure a multi-functional use of the plantation (biomass production, education, nature conservation, recreation, secondary effects as stabilizing property values in the neighborhood) on its way to become a biomass park, the planners should respect biodiversity aspects as well as the sociodemographic structure of the adjacent city quarter. We recommend a more open dialogue oriented adaptive planning process.


Friedeheim L.,Hydrotec Ingenieurgesellschaft fur Wasser und Umwelt MbH | Heiland P.,INFRASTRUKTUR and UMWELT | Buschhuter E.,Ministerium fur Klimaschutz
WasserWirtschaft | Year: 2013

The Ministry of Environment of the federal state Northrhine-Westfalia coordinates the implementation of the EU floods directive in the state's different river basins. To ensure a similar quality of the plans as well as similar participation standards the Ministry has started a coordination and quality management process in 2010. Within this process guidelines and formats are being developed for the regional planning activities. It includes the coordination and the data management for flood risk maps and the planning processes for the Flood Risk Management Plans. The standards and guidance documents are presented here by the contracted consultancies.


PubMed | LUBW, BfN, Ministerium fur Klimaschutz and University of Hohenheim
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Environmental science and pollution research international | Year: 2016

Seed losses from imported oilseed rape (OSR) and the genetically modified (GM) admixtures therein may potentially lead to the establishment of transgenic plants and their hybridization with wild crucifers. The post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) must therefore also address problems related to seed spillages of GM OSR. Since detailed information on imported commodity flows, GM contents, means of transport, downstream users and efficient containment of GM OSR was lacking, we performed a field study in the vicinity of large oil mills and seed processing industries at the harbours along the river Rhine. One hundred thirty-six composite samples taken from one to 20 plants per site were collected near roads, railways and waterways. Individuals or large groups of feral OSR plants were detected in all of the nine study areas, but only one plant out of 1918 tested was confirmed to be transgenic (GT73). The results suggest that a spread of herbicide tolerant GM OSR has not occurred to date. In order to confirm the absence of GM feral OSR and potentially adverse effects of GM plants in the future, we recommend monitoring feral OSR on a routine basis. We present an approach for the sampling and testing of feral OSR that is based on floristic mapping and rapid tests for the determination of herbicide tolerances.

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