Appreciating biodiversity

modernising economic accounting in Germany

No accounting without nature

Intact ecosystems – such as clean, species-rich rivers or near-natural forests – are the subject of environmental reporting in Germany. Surprisingly, however, they scarcely play any role in national accounting or private sector accounting.

This means that the manifold contributions of ecosystems to societal well-being and prosperity are underestimated while at the same time biodiversity is systematically neglected as the basis for nature’s sustainable services to society.  

In the Bio-Mo-D project, we are exploring how corporate and national economic 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 thus to ensure that sufficient value is placed on nature and biodiversity.

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


Why ecosystem accounting is important but complicated
Article by Karsten Grunewald from the Bio-Mo-D-Team in Tagesspiegel Background (in German)

Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services into decision-making
Kick-off event for the establishment of a 'Community of Practice'  (German)


10 September 2024
Final conference of the project Bio-Mo-D
Title: "Modernisierung der Wirtschaftsberichterstattung – Ein Weg zur Erhöhung der gesellschaftlichen Wertschätzung von Biodiversität in Deutschland".
Venue: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin - Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin.
Language: German