BION - Biodiversity Network Bonn


The Global Nature Fund (GNF) expands its network in Bonn

Since February 17th 2014 the International Foundation for Environment and Nature GNF is an official member of BION – Biodiversity in Bonn, a network of biodiversity stakeholders in the UN city Bonn.


The region aound Bonn offers a unique concentration of local, regional, national, and international stakeholders actively working in the field of research and conservation of biodiversity.

 BION - Biodiversity Network Bonn

This includes international organizations, university institutes, Federal Ministries (e.g. the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), subordinate authorities (e.g. the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation) as well as various other stakeholders (like the German Research Foundation (DFG) or the City of Bonn). The recent establishment of both the IPBES-Secretariat and the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) in Bonn has further extended the international component.


With its membership in the BION-network the GNF aims to generate new synergies, create a greater network with local biodiversity stakeholders, and contribute to solution approaches concerning the various questions and problems of biodiversity loss.



By its multidisciplinary and dynamic network, BION generates a platform for a constructive interaction of all different local stakeholders with reference to biodiversity on regional, national, and international level. Further, BION provides the opportunity for scientific exchange, which is the real advantage of such a platform: Only the systematic linkage of biological knowledge with social, cultural, ethical-normative and legal perspectives allows a detailed analysis of complex developmental interrelations, which then again may also lead to political solutions for the conservation of biodiversity.


Besides the pooling of scientific expertise and function – for the sake of an interface between politics and science – BION also concentrates on strengthening the public awareness by an improved communication.



Global Nature Fund (GNF)    

Stefan Hörmann    

Kaiserstraße 185-197     

53113 Bonn, Germany 

Tel.: + 49 - (0) 228 - 184 86 94 - 11  





Dr. Wolfram Freund (Koordinator)

c/o Botanische Gärten der Universität

Meckenheimer Allee 171 

53115 Bonn, Germany

Tel:  +49 - (0) 228 - 73 90 55

Fax: +49 - (0) 228 - 73 16 90