Advisory Board on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

The Advisory Board on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Biodiversität und Genetische Ressourcen) performs the task of advising the BMEL on general and fundamental matters concerning the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources.

The Board provides advice in the fields of food, agriculture and forestry and for corresponding measures at national, EU and international levels. The Board focuses in particular on the following issues of conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources:

  • basic biological and ecological aspects;
  • economic, social and ethical assessment;
  • development of science and technology, including genetics and breeding;
  • land use, landscape design and rural areas;
  • importance for raw materials, energy, food and health;
  • support strategies and concepts;
  • legal issues;
  • information and communication, marketing.


In February 2020, the Scientific Advisory Board on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources and the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy published a joint statement on measures for more efficient forest conservation in Germany.


You will find opinions, statements and comments under publications.

Secretariat of the Advisory Board

If you have any questions, please contact:

Dr. Johanna Wider
Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food
Division 321 - Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity
Deichmanns Aue 29
53179 Bonn
Phone: +49 (0)2 28 / 68 45 -32 72
Fax: +49 (0)2 28 / 68 45 -31 05

Members of the Board

Prof. Dr. Peter H. Feindt (Chairperson of the Advisory Board)
Humboldt University of Berlin
Faculty for Life Sciences
Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
Agricultural and Food Policy
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

Prof. Dr. Volkmar Wolters
Justus Liebig University
IFZ - Department of Animal Ecology
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
D-35392 Giessen

Prof. Dr. Gunter Backes
Head of Department for Organic Plant Breeding and Agrobiodiversity
University of Kassel
Nordbahnhofstr. 1a
D-37213 Witzenhausen

Prof. Dr. Enno Bahrs
Head of Department for Farm Management
University of Hohenheim
Schloss Osthof Süd 011
D-70599 Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Horst Brandt
Institute of Animal Breeding and Domestic Animal Genetics
Stephanstraße 24
D-35390 Gießen

Prof. Dr. Eve-Marie Engels
Chair for Ethics in Life Sciences
Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Wilhelmstraße 19
D-72074 Tübingen

Dr. Johannes Engels
Bioversity International
Via dei Tre Denari 472/a
I-00057 Maccarese (Fiumicino)

Prof. Dr. Andreas Graner
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)
Corrensstraße 3
06466 city of Seeland OT Gatersleben

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hamm
University of Kassel-Witzenhausen
Head of Department for Agricultural and Food Marketing
Faculty for Organic Agricultural Sciences
Steinstr. 19
D-37213 Witzenhausen

Prof. Dr. Matthias Herdegen
Department of Law
Institute of Public Law and Institute of International Law
University of Bonn
Adenauerallee 24-42
D-53113 Bonn

Prof. Dr. Johannes Isselstein
Head of the Institute of Grassland Science
Georg August University of Göttingen
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Göttingen

Carsten Kühn
State Institute for Agriculture and Fishing Research of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Fischerweg 408
D-18069 Rostock

Dr. Stefan Schröder
Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
Division 321 - Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity
Deichmanns Aue 29
D-53179 Bonn

Dr. Ernst Tholen
Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn
Institute of Animal Sciences
Endenicher Allee 15
D-53115 Bonn

Prof. Dr. habil. Sven Wagner
University of Dresden
Pienner Str. 8
D-01735 Tharandt

Prof. Dr. Frank Wätzold
Chair of Economics/Environmental Economics
Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg
Erich-Weinert-Straße 1
D-03046 Cottbus

Dr. Heino Wolf
State-owned Institution Sachsenforst
Bonnewitzer Str. 34
D-01796 Pirna


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