Clean air, safe drinking water, unspoiled nature – we need an environment in which we can live a healthy life and feel at ease. Both natural environmental occurrences and environmental pollution as a result of human activities can be harmful to our health. Environment-related health protection is therefore a central field of action in German environmental policy.

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International | 03.03.22

New Nature for Health Trust Fund for Pandemic Prevention

The new Fund will help countries achieve more holistic policymaking by creating further evidence of the links between biodiversity, climate and health, and will support decision makers and relevant actors.
Inland Water Management | 21.03.21

World Water Day: Schulze invites international community

On the occasion of World Water Day, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze is calling on the international community to engage in a worldwide dialogue on the future of the water supply.
Nature/Biological Diversity | 30.10.20

Biodiversity against pandemics

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze presented the IPBES report on biodiversity and pandemics together with representatives of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
Climate | 02.04.20

Global nature conservation can reduce risk of future epidemics

According to a scientific report, more measures in nature conservation can prevent new infectious diseases and their spread.
Circular Economy | 27.03.20

Waste separation during coronavirus pandemic

Fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus also presents particular challenges for waste management in Germany. During the coronavirus pandemic, prevention of waste and correct waste separation is more important than ever.
Chemicals | 11.09.19

Cooperation between BMU and VCI extended

The Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) have been working on the further development of human biomonitoring since 2010. The cooperation has now been extended until 2025.
Digitalisation | 07.11.18

Code4Green: 1st BMU Sustainability Hack

Over a 24 hours period, 65 young professionals researched and developed prototypes for digital applications and business models. For this purpose, the ministry provided the professionals with data on circular economy and air pollu
Chemicals | 16.07.18

Human Biomonitoring on the home stretch

The BMU and the Chemical Association VCI are consistently working on the realization of a joint human biomonitoring project. It should provide new methods to measure 50 substances in the human body.