Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources is the central geoscientific authority providing advice to the German Federal Government in all geo-relevant questions. It is a subordinate to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

BG is committed to sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the human habitat. As a neutral institution feeling responsible for the future BGR advise Ministries, the European Community and within the frame of technical cooperation developing countries and act as partners in industry and science. The leading motive of the daily work is "Improvement of Living Conditions by Sustainable Use of the Geo-Potentials".


Today’s BGR roots back to its predecessor institution, the “Geological Survey of Prussia” which was founded in 1873. After several renaming and restructurings it was transferred in 1975 into the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe - BGR (Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources).

Tasks and Activities

The BGR is the geoscientific center of excellence within the Federal Republic of Germany and part of its scientific and technical infrastructure. It provides neutral and independent advice and information about all geoscientific and natural resources issues. With this, it supports the Federal Government in the following objectives:

- Stimulating economic development
- Long-term protection and improvement of the quality of life
- Enhancing technical and scientific expertise

Based on its foundation articles, BGR performs duties in the following fields of scientific research:

Energy Resources, Mineral Resources, Groundwater, Soil Sciences, Final Disposal of Radioactive Waste, Deep Subsurface Use; Geological CO2 Storage, International Geoscientific Cooperation, Geoscientific Information and Fundamentals, Nuclear Weapons Test Ban; Geo-hazard Assessment.

Water projects in Namibia:

1992 – 1995: Airborne geophysical groundwater studies in Northern and Western Namibia
1995 – 2002: Investigation of Kuiseb and Omdel Aquifers
2003 – 2004: Investigation of Otavi Mountains + numerical model of the Karst area Tsumeb
2004 – 2005: GW Investigation of Oshivelo, Eiseb and Caprivi
2006 – currently: Groundwater Management in the Cuvelai- Etosha Basin

Contact details:
Martin Quinger, Christoph Lohe and Febby Negumbo
DWAF – BGR Project “Groundwater for the North of Namibia”
Department of Water Affairs and Forestry –DWAF
Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources - BGR
Phone: 061-208-7075
email: martin.quinger@bgr.de, christoph.lohe@bgr.de, nfebby@gmail.com