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The Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia

The broad area of responsibility of this Department is unique among Germany's states. The Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MKULNV) is part of the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Federal Republic of Germany is a union of sixteen federated states. Under the country's constitution, the “Basic Law”, the states enjoy a high degree of autonomy. They enact their own laws and also play a large role in Federal lawmaking. MKUNLV plans and prepares bills that are then submitted to the State Legislature for parliamentary deliberation and enactment. The Ministry applies Federal, State and European Union laws, oversees their implementation and controls the entire process through a variety of executive agencies. The Department is becoming ever more active in supporting activities and financial assisting private individuals, community institutions and business enterprises. Today, MKULNV provides compliance assistance and initiates and supports volunteer activities in North Rhine-Westphalia, for example in the areas of eco-efficiency, conservation and consumer advice.

Divisions and functions

I. Central Services
including Internal Audit executive support unit and Central Procurement Unit

II. Agriculture, Horticulture, Rural Areas
Improvement of farm, production, market and social structures, organic farming, environmental improvement and integrated rural development assistance, rural planning and settlements, community improvement, agricultural structures

III. Forests, Conservation
Forestry and timber industry, forest ecology, landscape management, conservation, hunting, fisheries

IV. Waste Management Industry, Soil Conservation, Water Management
Protection of waters, flood protection, closed-loop recycling, contaminated sites, government oversight over water and soil regulation authorities

V. Pollution Control, Environment and Health, Genetic Engineering
Air quality, plant safety, environmental medicine

VI. Consumer Protection
Fair trading and consumer health, food inspection, veterinary services, animal disease control, animal protection

VII. Climate, Energy Development, Environment Industries
Energy and resource efficiency, emissions trading, green technology

VIII. Environmental Issues Across Sectors, Sustainable
Development International relations, land use policy, environmental reporting, education for sustainable development

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Sectors under the direction of the Department

Also reporting to the MKULNV:

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