The Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) is a public educational and research institution. In 1976 it was established by decision of the Bavarian state parliament and opperates under the Bavarian State Ministry for Environment and Health (StMUG). It is located in Laufen an der Salzach, Upper Bavaria.
Left picture: The academy‘s entrance to the administration building.
Right picture: View over the city of Laufen with the collegiate church and the Watzmann.
Our offers for you
Each year the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management offers more than 100 events as
The Topics primarily are about the latest research results in conservation, landscape management and ecology. Since 2001 most events are educated in the ANL‘s new educational center: the „Kapuzinerhof“ in Laufen. Many specific environmental issues are covered and current environment policy issues are discussed. This is happening not only in Laufen but also in the other regions in Bavaria.
Left picture: Educational Centre of the ANL (Kapuzinerhof).
Right picture: Replicas of old wooden fences in front of the administrative building of the ANL.
Get to know habitats, plants and animals at first hand
In internships at the ANL you’ll learn about the domestic plants and wildlife and get insights into the biological and ecological methods of working. Habitats will be assessed by plant and animal species and their ecological relationships explained.
Left picture: Seminar group during an alpine excoursion
Right picture: Field trip viewing water life
New educational opportunities
The ANL is participating in the nationwide training of “examined rangers” in nature and landscape conservation (GNL). Basic knowledge about nature conservation and landscape management, public relationships, excursion didactic and conflict prevention are tought. With the training to an examined nature and landscape guide (ZNL) the Academy helps to contribute to an environmentally sustainable tourism extending national boundaries. Besides the knowledge of nature, landscape and local history of the region the examined landscape guide also learns how to deal with visitors.
Who can participate?
The Courses are open to anyone. The current annual programme can be found in the event category of the ANL website.
Left picture: Children exploring and determing plants.
Right picture: Participants collecting and identifying insects at the ANL’s Research Area “Straß”.
Research for nature
More than 150 research projects have been processed by the ANL. Important criterion in the selection of research subjects is a possible and direct implementation of the results in practical conservation. The scientific results are discussed in lectures, symposia etc.
What research projects are currently in? Among others, the restoration of river Salzach and the implementation of project with landscaping concepts but also the Flora-Fauna-Habitat Directive of the European Union. Besides, social science topics, such as the Bavarian history of nature conservation or outdoor sports and conservation, are also covered.
Conservation as an experiment: The ANL’s Teaching and Research Area
Only 3 kilometres away from Laufen in the Schinderbachtal is “Straß”, the ANL’s Teaching and Research Station. About 18 hectares of agricultural land were acquired by the Bavarian Nature Conservation Fund. It is used by the ANL for teaching and scientific investigations. Maintenance and land use will be operated in conjunction with local farmers.
Build important bridges by nature conservation
The Academy is committed to implement EU projects such as INTERREG and Natura2000. It works together nationally and internationally with many experts in nature conservation. Focus is the exchange of scientific knowledge and practical experience, particularly with countries in Southeast Europe.
Keep culture by landscape management
Experiences in how to sustain and develop cultural landscape in Bavaria are compiled in the “Landschaftspflegekonzept Bayern” (Bavaria’s landscape management concept; LPK) of the ANL. This concept gives authorities, associations and professionals information about how to implement landscaping measures. It was published on CD as well.
The ANL informs
In various series of publications the ANL publishes the latest scientific findings from researches and events. In addition, information brochures, leaflets and CDs are also available.