Jochen Flasbarth is new head of Federal Environment Agency
New president assumes office on 1 September
A new age is dawning at UBA as the certified economist Mr Jochen Flasbarth, 47, assumes the office of President of Germany’s largest national environmental authority on 1 September 2009. In early August the Federal Cabinet had unanimously appointed him as successor to Dr. Andreas Troge, who had asked to be retired at the end of July 2009 for health reasons. Flasbarth’s last post was as head of the Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Directorate at the Federal Ministry for Environment (BMU). Prior to that he served as director of the NABU (NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION UNION) for eleven years, an association which he modernised. Since the mid-1980s Flasbarth has performed various volunteer duties at a number of environmental organisations, including that of acting as member of the steering committee of the Deutscher Naturschutzring and as founding member of the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (association for sustainable mobility and a major German transport and environmental organisation). As member of the supervisory board at the Wuppertal Institute he cooperated closely on climate and resource protection research projects.