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Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)

LMO Description
Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    National boundaries of the Federal Republic of Germany
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>Decree over the establishment of a Federal Institute for Soil Research from Nov, 26th 1958<br /> § 1<br /> Effective 1 December 1958 the Federal Institute for Soil Research with seat in Hannover is established; it is subordinate to the Federal Minister for economics<br /> § 2<br /> The Federal Institute the following tasks will assign:<br /> 1. The execution and evaluation of investigations in the area of the soil research abroad, as far as such tasks result due to intergovernmental relations<br /> 2. The consultation of the Federal Ministries in questions of the soil research,<br /> 3. Scientific work in the area of the soil research.<br /> § 3<br /> The Federal Institute is led by a president, in the case of your prevention by its Permanent Representative.<br /> § 4<br /> The Federal Institute is divided into specialized divisions, those from directors led.<br /> § 5<br /> The Federal Institute receives an agenda; it will issue from the president with permission of the Federal Minister for economics.<br /> § 6<br /> With the Federal Institute a board of trustees is formed. The board of trustees advises the Federal Institute in important questions of its activity. The details intend the Federal Minister for economics.<br /> § 7<br /> For the Federal Institute in the context of the budgeting table of the Federal Minister for Economics a special chapter one yields.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    The Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR - Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources), as an institution of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour of Germany, is the central institution to advise the German Federal Government in any geoscientific issues. In particular, the BGR advises the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conversation and Nuclear Savety, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Housing, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Foreign Office in any questions concerning: - Natural resources and economy - Applied geosciences - Geoscientific issues of nature and resource protection. The actuality of BGR’s work is ensured by numerous national and international cooperation projects, by research and development projects and the representation of the Federal Government in many international committees, such as the United Nations, the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), the Antarctic Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), and the Association of the Geological Surveys of the European Union EuroGeoSurveys. BGR's main interdisciplinary tasks and activities are: - Advising the Federal Ministries and the European Union; - Advising German industry; - Technical Cooperation projects with the developing countries; - Scientific and Technical Cooperation In the field of Research and Development BGR's main activities concern: - geotechnical safety, - permanent repositories for radioactive wastes - National Data Center, Nuclear Test Ban Treaty BGR`s activities in specific geoscientific fields embrace: - Water - Energy resources - Soils - Mineral resources - Geological information - Exploration of the marine and polar regions - Protection of the geoenvironment and georesources - Geological hazards - Support for advisory services ices The above activities are supported within BGR by Research and Development projects, information systems, geoscientific maps, international networking, databases and basic research programmes. Additional activities of BGR`s research sector are: the Ocean Drilling Programmes (ODP, IODP) and climate development.
    The Guiding Principle (Mission) of the BGR is the improvement of living conditions by sustainable development of the geopotentials.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    national boundaries of Germany
    Societal Sector: 
    central government, research, National Geological Survey
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    For geoscientific issues (water, soil, geology, energy, natural resources): Coordination of pan-European and national geoscience projects, thematic data harmonisation, standard development. Numerous cooperation, compilation, harmonisation projects crossing federal and national boundaries, the latter in particular within Europe). Participation in geoscience and IT-related standard-developing committees/organisations.
    Primary Business: 
    Consulting, advise of the government, surveying and mapping, remote sensing, geoscience research and development, standardization, natural resources, geosciences
    Environmental application domains: 
    water resources management, mineral resources and man-made hazards management, earth quake and volcano prevention and management, hazardous wastemanagement, geothermal energy management, geoscientific base data, groundwater protection, geohazard protection, soil pollution, flood risk prevention, Tsunami, soil erosion and coastal erosion protection management