The Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia is part of the government of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
A broad area of responsibility
The Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MULNV) 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. The Ministry 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, the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection provides compliance assistance and initiates and supports volunteer activities in North Rhine-Westphalia, for example in the areas of eco-efficiency, conservationand consumer advice.
The Ministry is headed by Minister Christina Schulze Föcking (CDU). She is assisted by State Secretary Dr. Heinrich Bottermann.
- Curriculum vitae Christina Schulze Föcking, Minister for the Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
- Curriculum vitae Dr Heinrich Bottermann, State Secretary in the Ministry for the Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Sectors under the direction of the Department
- State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection (LANUV)
- Forest and Timber State Enterprise
- North Rhine-Westphalia State Stud Farm
- Director of the Chamber of Agriculture (also serves as a State Government representative)
- Veterinary Laboratories Agency (SVUA)
Government Offices for Arnsberg District, Cologne District, Detmold District, Düsseldorf District, Münster District - Directorates:
33 Rural Development, Soil Regulations
51 Nature and Landscape Preservation, Fisheries
52 Waste Management, including equipment-related environment protection
53 Pollution Control, including equipment-related environment protection
54 Water Management, including equipment-related environment protection
57 Green Levies, Environmental Careers (Düsseldorf district only)
Also reporting to the MULNV
- The Effizienz-Agentur NRW (EfA NRW)
- EnergyAgency.NRW (EnergieAgentur.NRW)
Protection of the natural resources – key challenge of the future
One of the key challenges of the future will be the protection of our natural resources. If we want to maintain a high quality of life, we need to combine economic sense and ecological responsibility. Sustainability and preservation of natural heritage, climate protection and renewable energy, green economy and modern eco technology, consumer protection, healthy eating and eco-friendly farming – each of the corresponding sectors of my Department reflects the economic and social reality of North Rhine-Westphalians. The challenges this presents cannot be dealt with by one region, one state, alone. North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, are active partners in a strong international network. We seek the exchange and cooperation with other countries and regions around the world. Such exchanges exist with our immediate neighbours in particular, Belgium and the Netherlands, but also with other European partners, such as France, Poland and Austria. Further afield, we maintain close links with the United States, Japan and China. In addition to these bilateral relations, the Ministry is a member in a number of international networks, such as the Climate Group and ENCORE (Environmental Conference of the Regions of Europe). In all these efforts, we are guided by our commitment to sustainable development.
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