With 400,000 members in 1,500 chapters, district groups and professional groups as well as its international “Bird Life” network, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, NABU) is Germany’s largest and best-known nature conservation organization. Volkswagen and NABU have cooperated closely throughout the past eight years, their joint projects helping to make tangible progress on the path to sustainable development. On the basis of a cooperation agreement, NABU regularly advises Volkswagen on fundamental issues of environmentally compatible mobility, which includes the testing and assessment of new models by NABU. Volkswagen also supported the “Willkommen Wolf” (Welcome, Wolf) species conservation initiative in 2008 and conducted the large-scale “Aktiv im Artenschutz” (Active species conservation) campaign in conjunction with NABU in May.
The “Mobil im Dialog” (Mobility through dialog) series of events developed by the cooperation partners provides a forum for the exchange of standpoints and debates with politicians and experts as well as public discussion of the relationship between climate protection and transport. Two of these forums took place in 2008 – one on the future of e-mobility, the other on species conservation and the wild.
This cooperation’s flagship projects involve informing the general public about the potential of sustainable vehicle use and training drivers in the ground rules of fuel-efficient driving (“Change over – just save fuel”). Volkswagen and NABU jointly developed a training concept for this that has been in place for the past six years and met with a great deal of success. Local NABU groups, Volkswagen dealers and a professional team of trainers are working hand in hand to implement this concept. The training sessions are open to everyone and participation is free of charge. Last year, 20 training seminars were held throughout Germany.