Lutz Ribbe

Lutz Ribbe – EuroNatur Director for Nature Conservation Policy

© Kerstin Sauer
© Kerstin Sauer

“Nature conservation and the human use of natural resources are not mutually exclusive. If we wish to preserve our diverse natural landscapes and the traditionally cultivated countryside known in German as Kulturlandschaft we must get farmers and other users of the countryside on board.” With this integrative approach Lutz Ribbe has been campaigning for many years for the protection of the natural heritage of Europe. After studies in landscape planning and ecology he first of all worked as federal Deputy Executive Director of BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany) in Bonn from 1983 -1991. In 1992 he moved on, taking on the directorship of the Department for Nature Conservation Policy at EuroNatur. With Executive Director Gabriel Schwaderer he heads the foundation, determining in large measure the direction of the organisation in the science and policy of nature conservation. As an experienced nature conservationist he regards the task of campaigning for the ecological re-orientation of European agriculture as of overriding importance in order to achieve decisive improvement in the framework for nature conservation.

He is an expert for agricultural policy and in this capacity has continuously worked for this goal in the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union (EESC) to which he was appointed in 1998. He is in constant close contact with members of parliament, government offices and associations bringing his knowledge and experience into political processes.

Alongside his work in nature conservation policy Lutz Ribbe is in charge of a number of EuroNatur projects in Poland. Here too he lays particular emphasis on ecologically and socially compatible regional development.

In his own words: “What distinguishes the work of EuroNatur is the persistence with which we pursue important themes. Agricultural policy is an outstanding example of this: EuroNatur has been working intensively on this for many years. In the meantime many of our demands have reached and been accepted at the political level.”

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