Appreciating biodiversity - modernising economic accounting in Germany

The Bio-Mo-D project is investigating how business reporting by companies in Germany can be designed in such a way that ecosystem services and indicators for more biodiversity are included. The aim is to provide business, political and social leaders with information that will enable them to make ecologically sustainable decisions - and thus show greater appreciation for nature and biodiversity.
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Appreciating biodiversity - modernising economic accounting in Germany
01.10.2021-30.09.2024
Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung

Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e. V.

Value Balancing Alliance e.V.

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung GmbH – UFZ

Heike Leitschuh

Kai Neumann von Consideo GmbH

Overview

Intact ecosystems - such as clean, species-rich rivers or near-natural forests - are the subject of environmental reporting in Germany, but surprisingly they hardly play a role in the economic and business information bases.
Therefore, on the one hand, the manifold contributions of ecosystems to societal well-being and also to prosperity are underestimated, and on the other hand, biodiversity as the basis of sustainable services provided by nature is systematically forgotten.

In the Bio-Mo-D project, we are exploring how corporate and national business reporting can be expanded to include ecosystem services and biodiversity indicators. The aim is to provide business, political and social leaders with information to make ecologically sustainable decisions and consequently to show more appreciation for nature and biodiversity.

The project is funded by the Research Initiative for Biodiversity Conservation (FEdA) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

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