A new international Nature Academy for countries of the Middle East and North Africa will open its doors this year in Ajloun in the northwest of Jordan. The Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Conservation (NNA) supports the process of establishing the new regional academy in various ways.
The story of the International Youth Federation for Environmental Studies and Conservation (IYF), told by those who were involved in the foundation in 1956 and reporting the subsequent development. The main events in the history of IYF are set out chronologically and illustrated by many snapshots.
Education, research and public relations for nature conservation are responsibilities of the Academy, as well as organisation of the Voluntary Ecological Year in Lower Saxony. We see ourself as a knowledge broker and discussion platform between science, administration, economy and the population.Bildrechte: NNA-Archiv
The NNA offers a wide range of events. Our objectives are to impart up-to-date expert knowledge, encourage in-depth discussions and make people aware of the diversity, uniqueness and beauty of their natural environment.
The Voluntary Ecological Year (Freiwillige Ökologische Jahr - FÖJ) is an ecological education year for young people. Volunteers work for one year in various environmental protection and nature conservation institutions or in education for sustainable development (ESD).
Since its foundation in 1981 the Academy has done “research for nature conservation”. The focus is on the field of practice-orientated, interdisciplinary research and its coordination for certain practical issues of nature conservation.
Children and nature belong together – to be outside, play together, test oneself and thereby discover the surroundings. Using versatile methods we support the children’s joy of discovery, develop knowledge about nature and strengthen social and creative skills for sustainable development.Bildrechte: Doris Blume-Winkler
Subordinated to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Protection in Hanover the NNA is situated in the lovely Luneburg Heath. Our task is the promotion and implementation of the aims of nature conservation by education, training, public relations work and research. On the following pages we give you an overview of our work and services.