Matthias Freude is the president of the State Office of Environment, Health and Consumer Protection (named until July 15th of 2010 Environmental Agency of the Federal State of Brandenburg) since June 1995.
Before that, he built up the State Institute for Large Nature Reserves from March 1992 has headed it since December 1992. Born in Ebersbach in Upper Lusatia (3 October 1952), he studied zoology, ethology and ecology in Leipzig and Berlin (doctorate in bioacoustic/ecological topics; professor since 1996). Freude is the father of two daughters and lives in Berlin.
Together with Prof. Michael Succow, among others, Matthias Freude was one of the founders of the National Park Programme in East Germany, which formed the basis for ensuring 5 national parks, 6 biosphere reserves and three nature parks in the former East Germany. The Brandenburg concept for large nature reserves built upon the National Park Programme of 1990.
Since the age of 14, Freude has been active in voluntary nature conservation.
After 1990 he conceived a conservation programme for Georgia and Mongolia in
cooperation with the authorities there and other German nature conservation
experts. Besides numerous publications on zoological and nature conservation
topics, Freude has filmed many films for television on nature conservation in Russia.
the portrait photograph as a JPG picture (300 dpi)
Used with kind permission of the photographer Dietmar Horn