Secretariat

Anna Frerck
Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics

Leuschnerstraße 91
21031 Hamburg-Bergedorf
Phone: +49 40 739 62 301
Fax: +49 40 739 62 399
wf@thuenen.de


WaVerNa - Nature conservation contracts in forests

Project

 (c) Thünen-Institut/WF/Dierk Kownatzki

Link to project website - WaVerNa (German)


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.

Background and Objective

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

Target Group

Forest owners, administrations for nature conservation, forest administrations, associations, politics

Approach

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.

Data and Methods

The methodical approach of our sur-project is principally based on institutional economics and case studies as basic input data.

Our Research Questions

What are the development potentialities and the constraints of nature conservations contracts regarding public and private consumers?

Preliminary Results

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.

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Funding Body

  • Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR)
    (national, öffentlich)

Duration

10.2015 - 9.2018

More Information

Projekt type:
Project funding number: 22023014
Funding program: FNR
Project status: ongoing

List of Publications

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  1. Kownatzki D, Blomberg M von, Demant L, Lutter C, Meyer P, Möhring B, Paschke M, Seintsch B, Selzer AM, Franz K (2018) Status quo der Umsetzung von Naturschutz im Wald gegen Entgelt in Deutschland : Ergebnisse einer Befragung von Stiftungen. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 65 p, Thünen Working Paper 82, DOI:10.3220/WP1513066749000
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  2. Selzer AM (2018) Status quo der Umsetzung von Naturschutz im Wald gegen Entgelt in Deutschland : Übersicht über die Instrumente der staatlichen Nachfrager. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 100 p, Thünen Working Paper 83, DOI:10.3220/WP1513067013000
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  3. Kownatzki D, Blomberg M von, Demant L, Lutter C, Meyer P, Möhring B, Paschke M, Seintsch B, Selzer AM, Franz K (2017) Status quo der Umsetzung von Naturschutz im Wald gegen Entgelt in Deutschland : Ergebnisse einer Befragung von Forstbetrieben. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, 79 p, Thünen Working Paper 81, DOI:10.3220/WP1513066278000
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