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  • The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany1, 1949

The Constitution of Germany does not include provision on environment protection.

The Environmental laws in Germany are influenced by international law, particularly from the European Union.

Germany's National Sustainability Strategy was adopted in 2002. It sets out goals for 21 key areas related to sustainable development. Quantifiable and clearly measurable indicators and concrete dates for target achievement have been stipulated for most of these areas. The German government and the Federal Statistical Office regularly review to what extent these targets have been achieved and where further action is needed.

Information on Germany's environmental legislation can be accessed through the Government’s official

1. The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany can be accessed here