Dr Franziska Tanneberger

Director Greifswald Mire Centre (GMC)

Three questions for Dr Franziska Tanneberger

Let’s get to it: What does sustainability mean to you? What do you associate with the term?

Dr Franziska Tanneberger: For me, a good way to conceptualise ‘sustainability’ is to consider the corresponding verb ‘to sustain’, meaning to strengthen or support someone or something… We need sustainability to support a lasting future on this planet. But it’s also something pretty abstract that we need to translate into everyday life in the real world.

What is your personal priority in your work as part of the Council for Sustainable Development?

In a council like the RNE, I see our work more as a joint learning process than primarily as a way to advance an individual agenda. In its current configuration, the RNE is an excellent platform to develop new ideas for implementing the universally recognised – but rarely applied – principle of thinking about and solving social, environmental and economic issues holistically. Particularly close to my own heart is looking to nature to learn how to protect the climate, namely how ecosystems like moors, forests or floodplains can help us achieve greenhouse gas neutrality and adapt to climate change. Germany was the very first country in the world to set a climate protection target back in 1990. Since then, however, the goal and the reality have drifted further and further apart, not least in the area of land use, where biodiversity conservation offers so much potential for synergies.

In the context of sustainability, what do you believe will pose the greatest challenge in the coming years?

Implementing sustainability in the real world.


Dr Franziska Tanneberger has been a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development since January 2023.

Curriculum vitae

Dr Franziska Tanneberger detailed CV available to download (PDF, 110 KB)


“Sustainability – along with peaceful coexistence – is one of the greatest challenges facing us as human beings. Both always start with us and in small ways. And helps us see the big picture and our responsibility for all future generations.”

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