German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm

The International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) welcomes around 1,700 participants each year. Around 60 events and training courses on issues with relevance to nature conservation on national and international level take place annually. Established in 1990, the INA is a forum for ideas, capacity building and networking.

The conference centre located within the beautiful nature of the small Isle of Vilm near Rügen in the Baltic Sea offers the best conditions for undisturbed and efficient work. Organisations planning events on topics related to nature conservation and environmental protection can also rent the guest houses and conference rooms for their own seminars, workshops or retreats.

The INA is part of a branch office of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). The Academy and the central administration of the branch office Isle of Vilm form the staff unit "International Academy for Nature Conservation, Administration of Vilm".

Since the end of July 2021, there are, in addition to online meetings, also again presence events of the INA on the Isle of Vilm with hygiene regulations. We will contact you by e-mail if an event for which you have registered is cancelled or postponed. We are available for you by phone (+49 38301 86-141) or e-mail (

For any questions regarding touristic excursions, kindly contact the Fahrgastreederei Lenz (phone: +49 38301-61896).

Up-to-date information on workshops, useful publications and the exceptional nature of the Isle of Vilm.


An important focus of the INA is the transfer of specialist knowledge and methodological skills. We offer various training courses for actors in to nature conservation or related sectors.

Capacity Building

The INA is a centre for capacity building and dialogue in global conservation. Our dedicated staff and a committed advisory board ensure inspiring and productive events.

About the INA

The INA hosts about 60 meetings, workshops and training courses per year, many in cooperation with other organisations, on issues of relevance to nature conservation on national and international level.

Conference calendar

Workshop results and background documents of selected events are available for download.

Workshop reports

The INA offers a conference venue to work efficiently and undisturbed right inside the scenic beauty of a small island in the Baltic Sea.

Conference centre

The Isle of Vilm not only has a rich history. With its undisturbed forests, the island of 94 hectares is a small natural paradise just off the coast in Baltic Sea.

The Isle of Vilm

In a series of concerts, we invite you to listen to the connection between music and nature and give people from the surrounding area the opportunity to experience the beauty of the island.

Exhibitions & concerts

With the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship we promote excellence and leadership among emerging nature conservation leaders from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Klaus Toepfer Fellowship