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Brandenburg's environmental administration, like all other administrative areas of the state, is organised in two levels with regard to the structure of the authorities.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection (MLUK) is the highest state authority responsible for the environmental areas listed below. It is divided into departments with a technical focus and exercises technical and legal supervision over the lower environmental authorities of the administrative districts or independent towns, the State Office for the Environment as the highest state authority with state-wide responsibilities and the organisationally independent administration of the Lower Oder Valley National Park. In addition, it exercises legal supervision over the 26 water and soil associations of the state and the Foundation for Nature Conservation as parts of the indirect state administration.

The highest environmental authority is the State Office for the Environment (Landesamt für Umwelt, LfU), colloquially also called Landesumweltamt. The LfU has tasks as a scientific and technical authority and is responsible for the state-wide enforcement of many environmental regulations.  For example, it conducts all emission control approval procedures and monitors the emission control regulations. It acts as the upper water authority and water management authority and enforces nature conservation standards as the specialist authority for nature conservation and landscape management.

The 11 nature parks and three biosphere reserves of Brandenburg's natural landscapes (also referred to in the law as large-scale protected areas) also belong to the State Office for the Environment in organisational terms.

The first contacts for concrete environmental questions on site should always be the districts and independent towns as lower waste, soil protection, water and nature conservation authorities. The concrete organisational structure (e.g., as an "environmental office"), personnel and other equipment is the responsibility of the administrative districts or district-free cities and is determined by their range of tasks.

Brandenburg's environmental administration, like all other administrative areas of the state, is organised in two levels with regard to the structure of the authorities.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Protection (MLUK) is the highest state authority responsible for the environmental areas listed below. It is divided into departments with a technical focus and exercises technical and legal supervision over the lower environmental authorities of the administrative districts or independent towns, the State Office for the Environment as the highest state authority with state-wide responsibilities and the organisationally independent administration of the Lower Oder Valley National Park. In addition, it exercises legal supervision over the 26 water and soil associations of the state and the Foundation for Nature Conservation as parts of the indirect state administration.

The highest environmental authority is the State Office for the Environment (Landesamt für Umwelt, LfU), colloquially also called Landesumweltamt. The LfU has tasks as a scientific and technical authority and is responsible for the state-wide enforcement of many environmental regulations.  For example, it conducts all emission control approval procedures and monitors the emission control regulations. It acts as the upper water authority and water management authority and enforces nature conservation standards as the specialist authority for nature conservation and landscape management.

The 11 nature parks and three biosphere reserves of Brandenburg's natural landscapes (also referred to in the law as large-scale protected areas) also belong to the State Office for the Environment in organisational terms.

The first contacts for concrete environmental questions on site should always be the districts and independent towns as lower waste, soil protection, water and nature conservation authorities. The concrete organisational structure (e.g., as an "environmental office"), personnel and other equipment is the responsibility of the administrative districts or district-free cities and is determined by their range of tasks.

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Climate Protection
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Climate

The countries of the world decided in Paris that the rise in the global mean temperature must be limited to 2 °C - better still to 1.5 °C - compared with pre-industrial levels in order to avoid the uncontrollable. read more in German

Climate Protection
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Climate

The countries of the world decided in Paris that the rise in the global mean temperature must be limited to 2 °C - better still to 1.5 °C - compared with pre-industrial levels in order to avoid the uncontrollable. read more in German

View of a coal-fired power station and electricity pylons
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Economy and environment

The coexistence of economy and environment contributes to the economic development of Brandenburg and ensures the attractiveness of the location through an intact environment. read more in German

View of a coal-fired power station and electricity pylons
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Economy and environment

The coexistence of economy and environment contributes to the economic development of Brandenburg and ensures the attractiveness of the location through an intact environment. read more in German

Air pollution - CO2 emissions
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Emission control

Emission control - this means protection against harmful environmental effects caused by emissions (air pollution, noise, light, vibrations, odours and so on), this means monitoring air quality and combating environmental noise, as well as the licensing and monitoring of industrial plants. The legal framework for this is set by the Federal Emission Control Act - BImSchG for short.
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Air pollution - CO2 emissions
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Emission control

Emission control - this means protection against harmful environmental effects caused by emissions (air pollution, noise, light, vibrations, odours and so on), this means monitoring air quality and combating environmental noise, as well as the licensing and monitoring of industrial plants. The legal framework for this is set by the Federal Emission Control Act - BImSchG for short.
read more in German

Word cloud on environmental law
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Interdisciplinary environmental law

On the one hand, environmental law consists of regulations that are geared to specific environmental media or specialist areas (e.g., water law, soil protection law, waste law, emission control law). On the other hand, there are general laws and instruments serving the interdisciplinary protection of the environment, which are largely based on corresponding directives of the European Union.  read more in German

Word cloud on environmental law
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Interdisciplinary environmental law

On the one hand, environmental law consists of regulations that are geared to specific environmental media or specialist areas (e.g., water law, soil protection law, waste law, emission control law). On the other hand, there are general laws and instruments serving the interdisciplinary protection of the environment, which are largely based on corresponding directives of the European Union.  read more in German

Sign with nature conservation owl at the beginning of a landscape conservation area in Potsdam, Germany
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Nature conservation and landscape management

Brandenburg's greatest wealth is its landscapes. Nature conservation and landscape management are of central importance, especially in a land area that, with its rich natural resources, has a special responsibility to preserve habitats and protect valuable animal and plant species. read more in German

Sign with nature conservation owl at the beginning of a landscape conservation area in Potsdam, Germany
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Nature conservation and landscape management

Brandenburg's greatest wealth is its landscapes. Nature conservation and landscape management are of central importance, especially in a land area that, with its rich natural resources, has a special responsibility to preserve habitats and protect valuable animal and plant species. read more in German

Soil - a good worth protecting
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Soil

The main tasks of an environmental administration in the field of soil protection include the protection and restoration of soil functions, the prevention of pollutant inputs, the reduction of soil erosion, the preservation of soil fertility, but also the containment of soil sealing and compaction. read more in German

Soil - a good worth protecting
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Soil

The main tasks of an environmental administration in the field of soil protection include the protection and restoration of soil functions, the prevention of pollutant inputs, the reduction of soil erosion, the preservation of soil fertility, but also the containment of soil sealing and compaction. read more in German

Landfill Germendorf
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Waste and recycling management

Waste is a by-product generated by human activity in production and consumption in an industrial society. Waste generated in households and businesses today represents a potential source of raw materials, which is becoming increasingly important due to the increasing scarcity of resources. In an effort to deal with waste properly, industries, branches of industry and specialist areas have developed which are summarised under the term waste management. read more in German

Landfill Germendorf
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Waste and recycling management

Waste is a by-product generated by human activity in production and consumption in an industrial society. Waste generated in households and businesses today represents a potential source of raw materials, which is becoming increasingly important due to the increasing scarcity of resources. In an effort to deal with waste properly, industries, branches of industry and specialist areas have developed which are summarised under the term waste management. read more in German

Water, an asset worth protecting
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Water

With about 33,000 kilometres of running water and around 3,000 lakes, the state of Brandenburg is one of the most water-rich states in the Federal Republic of Germany. The water balance reacts very sensitively to climate influences. read more in German

Water, an asset worth protecting
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Water

With about 33,000 kilometres of running water and around 3,000 lakes, the state of Brandenburg is one of the most water-rich states in the Federal Republic of Germany. The water balance reacts very sensitively to climate influences. read more in German