Germany

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Germany

Naturkapital Deutschland – TEEB DE

In an integrative process between 2012 and 2017, authors from science, administration and the professional public worked on the following four topic-based reports:

  • Natural Capital and Climate Policy – Synergies and Conflicts (2013)
  • Ecosystem Services in Rural Areas – Basis for human wellbeing and sustainable economic development (2016)
  • Ecosystem Services in the City–Protecting Health and Enhancing Quality of Life (2016)
  • Natural Capital Germany: New Policy Options –A Synthesis (forthcoming)

In addition, the following brochures have been published:

  • The Value of Nature for Economy and Society. An introduction (October 2012)
  • The Business Perspective. Being prepared for new challenges (March 2013)
  • Summaries for decision-makers of the reports „Natural Capital and Climate Policy – Synergies and Conflicts“ (February 2014), “Ecosystem Services in Rural Areas – Basis for human wellbeing and sustainable economic development” (July 2016) and “Ecosystem Services in the City – Protecting health and enhancing quality of life” (September 2017)

National

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Hansjuergens

Study Leader

teeb-de(at)ufz.de

 

Project Description:

“Natural Capital Germany – TEEB DE” was launched at a high-level event with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU, now BMUB) on  October 23, 2012, in Berlin.

“Natural Capital Germany” implements the global TEEB study at the national level. The project focuses on nature’s services at the national level. The main task is to produce four topic-based reports presenting the economic case for nature conservation, as a complement to ethical and ecological arguments.

The following key policy issues are being addressed:

  • What role do ecosystems in Germany play in climate mitigation and adaptation? (Natural Capital and Climate Policy – Synergies and Conflicts)
  • How can we safeguard ecosystem services in rural and protected areas? (Capturing the Value of Ecosystem Services in Rural Areas)
  • How do urban parks and ecosystems contribute to the quality of life in cities? (Ecosystem Services in the City –Protecting Health and Enhancing Quality of Life)
  • What options and policy instruments are available for better integrating the value of biodiversity and ecosystem. (Natural Capital Germany: New Policy Options – A Synthesis)

Accompanying, “Natural Capital Germany” has published an introductory brochure on the approach and a brochure for business. A translation of the introductory brochure into English is pending. The project is also actively collecting TEEB DE case studies for the project through its web portal.

”Natural Capital Germany” is an interactive and integrative process involving stakeholders from policy, business, science and civil society, funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

The project is led and coordinated by Prof. Dr. Bernd Hansjuergens and his team at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

”Natural Capital Germany” is supported by an Advisory Board with high-level members from academia, the media and business, as well as an associated Stakeholder Committee consisting of NGOs, business organizations, ministries, federal states (German Laender) and municipalities.

This involvement ensures active stakeholder participation and the mainstreaming of TEEB beyond the discourse on nature conservation. Numerous individuals from academia, public policy, business and civil society are collaborating on the reports and are contributing via the project’s interactive website http:www.naturkapital-teeb.de

“Natural Capital Germany” seeks to synthesize current research on ecosystem service valuation and to showcase successful examples of taking into account the social and economic importance of natural capital in Germany.

The project will be implemented over a period of three years from 2012-2017

Ecosystem: All

Implementers and Donors:

  • Brochure: “The Value of Nature for Economy and Society. An introduction“. [English]
  • Brochure: “The Business Perspective. Being prepared for new challenges“. [German]
  • TEEB DE report: “Natural Capital and Climate Policy – Synergies and Conflicts“. Deutsch]
  • Summary for decision-makers of the TEEB DE report: “Natural Capital and Climate Policy – Synergies and Conflicts. Summary for Decision Makers“. [German] [English]
  • TEEB DE report: “Ecosystem Services in Rural Areas – Basis for human wellbeing and sustainable economic development“. [German]
  • Summary for decision-makers of the TEEB DE report: “Ecosystem Services in Rural Areas – Basis for human wellbeing and sustainable economic development“. [German] [English]
  • TEEB DE report: “Ecosystem Services in the City – Protecting health and enhancing quality of life“. [German]
  • Summary for decision-makers of the TEEB DE report: “Ecosystem Services in the City – Protecting health and enhancing quality of life“. [German] [English]
  • Brochure: “The Value of Nature for Economy and Society. An introduction“. [German]
  • Flyer: “The Value of Nature for Economy and Society. Germany’s contribution to the international TEEB process.” [English]
  • Publication: “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for National and International Policy Makers – Summary: Responding to the Value of Nature” [German]
  • Publication: “TEEB für lokale und regionale Entscheidungsträger” [German]

More Information:

http://www.naturkapital-teeb.de/

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