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Welcome to the UBA Web site.

This Web site contains the following: (a) extensive information about our agency, the people who work in it, the work we do, and how we go about doing it; (b) information about our building and past and future projects involving green construction; and (c) UBA job postings and invitations to tender. In perusing our Web site, you may be surprised to learn that we also promote environmental protection through art, have the largest environmental library in the German speaking world, and that this facility is open to the general public. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy our Web site, and that you will have the occasion at some point to visit us in our visiting area in Dessau-Roßlau or Berlin.

Position paper of the German Environment Agency German Environmen

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The Position paper begins by discussing options on how to further develop EU soil protection law. Compared to the status-quo, strengthening the existing soil protection legislation at EU level would preserve transboundary ecosystem services of soils and also help to effectively implement the ‘land degradation neutrality’ objective. read more


About us

look into the inside courtyard with its glass roof

Since its founding in 1974, the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) has been Germany’s main environmental protection agency. Read more about us, here. read more


UBA's annual What Matters 2016 publication

Cover of the "What matters 2016" annual publication

The circular economy, money and the environment, sustainable consumption, and the dark side of 'fast fashion' for people and the environment in the manufacturing countries – these are the topics of the 2016 annual report from the German Environment Agency (UBA). It also presents updated facts and figures about UBA, our plastics research and our construction projects. read more


Organizational structure of the UBA

Regal mit verschieden farbigen Sicherheitshelmen für Arbeiter und Arbeiterinnen

The UBA is composed of five specialized environmental divisions, plus our General Services Division, which provides various services via entities such as our human resource unit. For a detailed overview of and information concerning our divisions, see our organizational chart. read more


Visit us

 The UBA building in Dessau-Roßlau from above. The building is elongated, with a façade of wood and coloured glass slabs and slanted solar cells covering the entire surface of the flat roof

Free brochures are available at the visitor centers at our Dessau-Roßlau and Berlin-Grunewald sites. You can also visit a branch of our environmental library at either of these two sites, or at our Bad Elster site. The model eco-building at our Dessau-Roßlau site is also worth a visit. read more


The Umweltbundesamt

For our environment