The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, is a cabinet-level ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. It is headquartered in Bonn with a branch office in Berlin.
The current minister of the environment is Barbara Hendricks, who assumed office on December 17th, 2013.
The ministry was established on June 6th, 1986 in response to the Chernobyl disaster. The then Federal Government wanted to combine environmental authority under a new minister in order to face new environmental challenges more effectively. Prior to this responsibilities for environmental issues were distributed among the ministries of the Interior, Agriculture and Health.
The ministry is led by the Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. The current Minister is Barbara Hendricks, appointed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The minister is supported by two parliamentary state secretaries (members of the cabinet and federal government, "deputy ministers") and two career state secretaries (public servants) who manage the ministry's nine directorates.
The website of the Federal Environment Ministry provides detailed information in two languages, a list of services such as a guestbook, an order system for brochures, image and video galleries, a newsletter system and more.