Appreciating biodiversity

modernising economic accounting in Germany

Research within the consortium

Allocation of tasks

IOER - Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) is a research institution jointly funded by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal State of Saxony. It belongs to the Leibniz Association and, as a registered association, pursues exclusively and directly non-profit purposes. At the IOER, the dynamic interactions between ecosystems and society, as well as options for responsible governance, are studied at different spatial scales. The research is structured both disciplinarily and interdisciplinary, combining environmental, social and engineering sciences. Furthermore, transdisciplinary research is conducted in close cooperation with public, private, and stakeholders of civil society. The goal is to promote environmentally sound urban and regional transformations that enable people to prosper within a safe ecological living space.The Bio-Mo-D project involves in particular the IOER research areas 'Landscape, Ecosystems and Biodiversity' and 'Transformative Capacities'. The former analyzes the transformation of cities and regions, their ecosystem services, as well as strategies, instruments and forms of governance to influence them. The second research area deals with the economic analysis of trade-offs, resource scarcity and stakeholder action, as well as cost-effective governance options for ecologically and economically sustainable spatial development.

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Biodiversity/ecosystem assessments appropriate for accounting; collaboration on stakeholder analyses; coordination of collaborative research.

Team: Karsten Grunewald, Artem Korzenevych, Sophie Meier, Katharina Kerl

VBA - Value Balancing Alliance / BASF

UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ is one of the world's leading research centres in the field of environmental research. It pursues the goal of demonstrating a sustainable approach to the natural foundations of life for the benefit of people and the environment. The UFZ has extensive experience in integrated environmental research, has innovative scientific infrastructures and maintains important national and international cooperation with research institutes as well as with decision-makers in politics, administration and business. As a result, practice-oriented solutions are developed on a sound scientific basis. In particular, research in the UFZ thematic area "Environment and Society" contributes to developing innovative strategies, assessments and instruments that reconcile sustainable use and protection of environmental resources and societal needs. The aim is to develop concepts, instruments and recommendations for action for the design of transformation processes that also find their way into social practice. In this context, the UFZ has scientifically coordinated the international initiative "TEEB - The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity" and led the implementation of the national study "Natural Capital Germany - TEEB DE".

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There exist multiple initiatives for integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services into corporate and national accounting. One task is to identify possible synergies between biodiversity accounting at corporate and national level and to support related science-policy processes.

Team: Johannes Förster, Tobias Wildner, Bernd Hansjürgens

Johannes Förster Tobias Wildner    Bernd Hansjuergens

IZT – Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment, Berlin

The IZT - Institut für Zukunftsstudien und Technologiebewertung gemeinnützige GmbH (Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment) is an independent research institution founded in 1981 in Berlin with currently 45 scientists, including several with a master's degree in futurology. The IZT's work focuses on the research and development of ecologically, socially and generatively compatible solution strategies in the economy and society with the goal of a transformation towards sustainable development and future viability. The IZT works with proven and newer concepts and methods of qualitative and quantitative cause, consequence, evaluation and perspective research. It is part of the consortium of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament (TAB) and is institutionally anchored in three networks: Netzwerk Zukunftsforschung (2007), of which IZT is a founding member and on whose board it is represented; the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet), a network of non-university, non-profit environmental and sustainability research institutes; and the Netzwerk Technikfolgenabschätzung (NTA) as a founding member. Furthermore, the IZT is an institutional member of the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) and active in networks set up by federal ministries: Consumer Research Network, Resource Efficiency Network, the Education for Resource Conservation and Efficiency Network and the Energy Research Network. It is also a member of DeGEVal - Gesellschaft für Evaluation e. V. The IZT was involved in setting up the Master's programme in Futures Studies at the Free University of Berlin and is involved in teaching there and at other universities. Further information about the IZT can be accessed on IZT-Homepage.

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Identification of important stakeholders, their influence potential as well as actor constellations with regard to the integration of ecological services into national environmental economic accounting and company reports; policy analysis; recommendations for an improved information flow between ecological services research and accounting and the level of political and economic decision-making processes.

Team: Roland Zieschank, Edgar Göll

Associated partners

Heike Leitschuh



Heike Leitschuh is a political scientist and responsible for the moderation and both preparation and follow-up of events and workshops in the Bio-Mo-D project.




Kai Neumann



Kai Neumann from Consideo GmbH  will qualitatively model the stakeholders in relation to the objectives in order to identify effective levers for the formation of alliances and the development of a strategy to achieve the objectives.