Founded in 1899, NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union), is one of the oldest and largest environmental associations in Germany. The association encompasses more than 620,000 members and sponsors, who commit themselves to the conservation of threatened habitats, flora and fauna, to climate protection and energy policy.
NABU's main objectives are the preservation of habitats and biodiversity, the promotion of sustainability in agriculture, forest management and water supply and distribution, as well as enhancement of the significance of nature conservation in our society.
About 25 years ago NABU started to work at the international level, implementing model projects. Priority regions of activities are Europe, the Caucasus, Middle and Southeast Asia and North-East Africa. In these regions, NABU is engaged in the maintenance and development of protected areas, the conservation of rare and endangered species, organic agriculture, ecotourism and eco-education. The main office is located in Berlin. There are 15 regional and about 1500 city and local divisions. For coordination of international projects abroad, there are branches in Brussels (Belgium), in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), in Maykop (Russia), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and in Yerevan (Armenia).
NABU has been advising and supporting the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia since 2001. In the first few years of the partnership, the implementation of international nature conservation conventions was at a high priority. Later, in 2006 the partnership was expanded to include joint projects. In March 2007, NABU and the Ministry signed a cooperation agreement to protect Armenia’s biodiversity.