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Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) is based in Hannover and is a higher federal authority specialising in technological and scientific matters. Its work comes under the operational responsibility of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The BGR’s task, as a centre of expertise in geosciences, is to advise and inform the German government and Germany’s private sector on all matters relating to geosciences and natural resources, and to provide relevant support. The Institute’s core competencies include energy resources, mineral resources, ground water, and soil and sub-soil strata in the context of storage or for economic use.

The BGR has been tasked with carrying out research and offering advice which will help to preserve or improve current living conditions. It is to achieve this by working to ensure that natural resources are used in a way that satisfies both commercial and ecological demands, and that human habitat is preserved for the future.

The BGR has been actively engaged in de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion activities in the geoscience sector since 1958. It is currently implementing around 50 bilateral, regional and sectoral Technical Co­op­er­a­tion projects with developing countries and emerging economies directly on behalf of the BMZ. These projects cover issues relating to mining and environmental geology, georesources management (water, soil, mineral resources and energy resources), and dealing with geothreats and georisks. Through its activities, the BGR plays an important role in helping to fight poverty and boost economic de­vel­op­ment, protect the environment and natural resources, and manage those resources in a sustainable manner. Ultimately it thus contributes to promoting social justice and preventing conflicts.

The aim of the BGR’s technical co­op­er­a­tion activities is to strengthen good governance and to promote the developing countries’ sense of ownership and their ability to help themselves. In order to achieve this, the BGR carries out expert evaluations of developing countries’ potential resources and ensures that their state decision-making capacities are improved, for example by increasing their specific competencies.

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Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)

Stilleweg 2
D-30655 Hannover

Telefon: +49 / 511 / 643-0
Fax: +49 / 511 / 643-23 04

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