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Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Foto: MKULNV

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 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 Ursula Heinen-Esser (CDU). She is assisted by State Secretary Dr. Heinrich Bottermann.


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, Land Consolidation

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)

Further information:

Want to know more?

Please write to international@mulnv.nrw.de.