BiodiWert - Valuation and preservation of biodiversity in politics, economy, and society
Biodiversity loss is progressing at a dramatic rate due to human interference. This is jeopardizing the very basis of human well-being and economic activity. We therefore urgently need new protection strategies, land management methods and approaches that emphasize the value and importance of biodiversity and intact ecosystems, as well as the costs of their destruction.
Protecting biodiversity ensures human well-being and economic prosperity. We benefit today in many ways from existing biodiversity and the related ecosystem services. These services enable sustainable agriculture and secure our food supply. Ecosystems provide humans with essential products such as clean groundwater and drinking water or substances for medical use. Nature provides space for retreat and improves the quality of life in both urban and rural areas. At the same time, biodiversity protects ecosystems against drought and storms. It stabilizes forests and, as a result, the climate. Research findings reveal that the destruction of natural habitats through human activity increases the risk of outbreak of infectious diseases and pandemics. Economic efficiency too depends on functioning ecosystems.
The BMBF therefore supports research which raises awareness of the significance of ecosystem services and biodiversity on the part of both business and society through the development of innovative assessment systems, governance structures and (policy) measures – and thereby makes an effective contribution to securing biodiversity.
19 research projects with an initial one-year conceptual phase are receiving funding under the "Valuation and preservation of biodiversity in politics, economy, and society" call for proposals. The research is highly application-oriented and involves partners from practice in industry, trade, agriculture, local authorities, public administration and civil society. This way research results are likely to be of direct practical relevance and also help to preserve biological diversity in Germany.
The call is part of the BMBF "Research Initiative for the Preservation of Biodiversity" launched in 2019. It complements the previous funding of social-ecological research and scientific research on biodiversity.
The funding measure is managed jointly by the DLR Project Management Agency, Division "Social Ecological Research" (Dr Carmen Richerzhagen and Dr Laura Tydecks) and VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (Dr Felix Frey).