The German Forum on Environment and Development was founded in 1992 after the UN conference on Environment and Development (“Rio“). We coordinate German NGOs in international political processes on sustainable development and environmental issues. Our mission is to raise awareness in the German public on the connection between environment and development and to insist on a change of the current wasteful economy and lifestyle of industrial countries. With our Working Group on Deep Sea Mining we coordinate the activities of a variety of German NGOs on this topic. As with all our working groups, members are both environmental and development NGOs.