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WaVerNa - Nature conservation contracts in forests
Analyzing options of forest ecology, economics, and legislation.
Actually nature conservation in forests is implemented by either nature reserves, or voluntary self-commitment. Due to problems of acceptance and efficiency one could ask if nature conservation in forests would be reached more effectively by reimbursement of voluntary agreements.
Until now nature conservation contracts in forests are sparsely established. However, in agriculture this kind of contracting is a very powerful instrument. Increasing voluntary nature conservation contracts in forests is a demand which is urged by stakeholders of forestry and of nature conservation since many years, and also is a political aim of high national priority as given in the national biodiversity strategy.
Reasons for the sparse application of nature conservation contracts in forest are manifold and reviewed insufficiently yet. Due to this background we will analyze opportunities and constraints of nature conservation contracts in the field of forest ecology, economics, and legislation. In a first step, we want to survey the actually implemented measures of nature conservation contracts in forests of Germany.
While our counterparts will study aspects of conservational forest ecology, forestry economics and legislation we are interested in public and private demand for measures of nature conservation contracts in forests. For instance we will study which kind of demand-orientated transaction costs are typical for such contracts, or how German government can efficiently reach formulated nature conservation goals by contracting. Additionally our sur-project undertakes coordination of the whole project
Forest owners, administrations for nature conservation, forest administrations, associations, politics
In a first step, we carry out a nationwide online survey in order to get a general overview regarding the already implemented measures of nature conservation contracts. Then we explicitly explore implementation processes of nature conservation contracting. Based on data of the survey we will analyze concerted aspects in the fields of forest ecology, economics and legislation. The findings will serve as basis for documents of practical assistance and of recommendations for action.
The methodical approach of our sur-project is principally based on institutional economics and case studies as basic input data.
What are the development potentialities and the constraints of nature conservations contracts regarding public and private consumers?
Contrasting the findings from our analyses of nature conservation, economics and legislation we like to find evidences on efficient or even less efficient measures of nature conservation contracting. In the scale of project outcome we expect that an improved efficiency on financing measures will help to reach nature conservation goals.
Concluding results of our research project are to be expected in autumn 2018.
10.2015 - 12.2018
Project funding number: 22023014
Funding program: FNR
Project status: ongoing