Biodiversity Markets

 
 

Official Project Titel:

 

Project Duration:

 

Project Partner:

 

Supported by:

Online Information Platform for Biodiversity Markets, Germany

 

April 2012 – April 2014

 

Environmental Action Germany (DUH)

 

German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

 

Background

Biodiversity is the basis for our lives and economies. Biodiversity loss has not been stopped however. Even though only a fraction of the value of ecosystem services is required for their preservation, the financial means are lacking, especially as states spend less on environmental protection because of the economic and financial crisis. Therefore, the focus has shifted to the private sector to make up the difference.The Global Nature Fund (GNF) and the Environmental Action Germany (DUH) are examining how financing mechanisms can be developed to create win-win situations for companies and biodiversity.

 

Biodiversity markets are seen as vital tools for the implementation of the strategic goals of the UN Convention on Biodiversity. Examples are carbon trading, certified products, eco-tourism and air pollution markets. It is often cheaper for a company to offset impacts indirectly via a market than to restore an ecosystem itself. The most important markets for the project are for compensation measures and payment for ecosystem services. However, many of these tools are still in their infancy. The example of the European Emissions Trade shows what problems arise with the development of such mechanisms. The securing of ecological use has top priority.  

Goals of the Project

The goal of the joint GNF and Environmental Action Germany is using tools like publications and an online platform (www.naturalcapitalmarkets.org) to provide companies, financial service providers and NGOs an overview of existing biodiversity markets and present recommendations for involvement in the markets. The project is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

Contact

Stefan Hörmann

Global Nature Fund - Office Bonn

Phone: +49 - (0) 228 - 184 86 94 - 11

E-mail: hoermann@globalnature.org

 Brochure “Markets for Natural Capital – Status Quo and Projects”
 To the Project Webpage "Natural Capital Markets"
 Riedgebiet am Ufer des Bodensees

Project Partner

 Environmental Action Germany (DUH)

Supported by:

 Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) as well as the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)