Conservation research has a long tradition at the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL). Already in 1977, shortly after its founding, the first research projects were awarded. In 1982 with the amendment of the Bavarian Nature Conservation Act (BayNatSchG), the ANL was being given the statutory mandate "application-oriented ecological research". This should happen in the form of its own scientific work, and to cooperate with universities and other academic institutions. In the following years the extent of scientific topics as well as the financial resources increased considerably. Thus it became possible to handle major research projects. In total several hundred research projects were being in progress by the ANL in the last 35 years.
The research trend in universities is more and more in biochemical and microbiological areas. So it is very important to have a research institution like the ANL to get answers in nature conservation and landscape management. The ANL has the important task and obligation to correspond in this area. Conservation research is and remains an indispensable foundation to provide guide lines for practical conservation work. This argumentation will always be based on results of scientific work.
Important criterion in selecting research topics is therefore to ensure the best possible results in direct implementation of conservation practices. In addition, the results are incorporated into all courses and events of the academy. This enables an efficient dissemination of the results of research.
The Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management (ANL) is a non-university research institution in the business of the Bavarian State Ministry for Environment and Health (StMUV).