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Bonn is a city with a high standard of environment quality. This is by no means a matter of course, but asks for an equally strong commitment of the citizens, the political actors, the administration and industry. The overall ecological situation of Bonn can be characterised as good.
In the fields of air purity, water and nature protection clear successes have been achieved. A decisive reduction of ozone pollution during summer has been measured, due to the reduction of the precursor components. Thanks to a consequent sewage treatment, today salmons have returned into the waters of the Rhine. The use of public transport means and of bicycles has increased. Waste management fulfils high demands.
The municipal department for the environment, consumer protection and local agenda is entrusted with the essential tasks of local environment protection. Bonn’s citizens find here their responsible partners for all environment related matters. In particular the special city information hotline for ecological and consumer matters (phone: 0228 – 77 24 50) is very popular: the number of calls in 2003 was 1 700.
Environment protection being a cross-section matter, many services are done jointly with other or for other special departments of the municipal administration.
A major part of the current problems of environmental policy cannot be considered at the local level alone. Air pollution and climate endangering gases do not stop at the city borders. Only the joint action on the national and the international level can achieve ecological progress by means of regulations and awareness rising and motivating campaigns.
The City of Bonn occupies a solid rank in environment protection on the national and the international level and uses the scopes of higher entities like the German Association of Cities and Towns (Deutscher Städtetag) or of international networks like the Climate Alliance or the European Secretariat of the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI).