[Taxacom] New law regarding collecting and collections in Germany

Paul Kirk P.Kirk at kew.org
Mon Nov 9 04:35:29 CST 2015




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Subject: [WoRMS Editors] New law regarding collecting and collections in Germany

Dear colleagues,

There has been a quite strange movement in Germany and a new law which will strongly impact private and institutional collecting/collections. While I do see the problem with private collecting, specifically when it concerns archaeological artefacts the present formulation of the new law seems to apply for palaeontological, geological and even (!) biological objects too as our colleague from the Stuttgart Museum and the Munich University found out. Apparently the new law will impose numerous additional obligations (loans of scientific material will be needed to be approved of by the ministry; retrospective proof of acquisition; destructive sampling will apparently be prohibited; etc.).

This would seriously impact both biodiversity and palaeontological research. Our German colleagues try to fight the new law and appeal for a revised formulation of the term "national cultural heritage".

More information can be found here (in German unfortunately):



Die "Kulturgutschutz-Novelle" - Behinderung für die wissenschaftliche Paläontologie und paläontologische Sammlungen? / The new draft act to protect cultural property - Obstruction of scientific palaeontology and palaeontological collections?
Read more...<http://www.researchgate.net/publication/283346678_Die_Kulturgutschutz-Novelle__Behinderung_fr_die_wissenschaftliche_Palontologie_und_palontologische_Sammlungen__The_new_draft_act_to_protect_cultural_property__Obstruction_of_scientific_palaeontology_and_palaeontological_collections>

There is also petition against this law:


All the best


Dr. Andreas Kroh
Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, Serie A, Editor-in-Chief

Natural History Museum Vienna

Geological-Paleontological Dept.

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