Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 95

MAP UNESCO biosphere reserves and national parks in Germany Western Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft Jasmund Wadden Sea mudflats and Hallig islands of Schleswig-Holstein Hamburg mudflats Southeast Rügen Lower Saxon mudflats Lake Schaalsee Müritz Lower Oder Valley Elbe River Landscape Schorfheide-Chorin Spree Forest Harz Kellerwald-Edersee Eifel Rhön Upper Lusatian Moorland South Harz Karst Landscape Hainich Saxon Switzerland VessertalThuringian Forest Hunsrück-Hochwald Bliesgau Palatinate Forest-North Vosges Black Forest Bavarian Forest Swabian Alb National Park Land Biosphere Reserve Berchtesgadener Land Berchtesgaden Increasing attention is being paid to the pro- than doubled since the 1980s. At the 2015 G7 tection of the marine environment. Seas are Summit in Elmau the heads of state and gov- rich in biological diversity, and a source of ernment discussed ways of better preserving raw materials, energy, and food. The ecosys- the maritime ecosystem. In future living tem is highly contaminated through oil pro- wild animals from Asia, Africa, and Latin duction, shipping, over-fishing, the influx of America that have been caught in the wild poorly degradable substances (plastic waste) and are offered for sale on the German mar- and acidification through carbon dioxide. ket will also be afforded greater protection. Data compiled by the UN Food and Agricul- The import into the EU of animals caught in ture Organization (FAO) reveal that global the wild as well as commercial wild animal fish and aquaculture production has more exchanges in Germany are to be banned.