BfN Schriften 50 - Financial Instruments for Nature Conservation in Central and Eastern Europe
German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the IUCN Office for Central Europe
with financial support of the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, was held at the
International Academy for Nature Conservation of the Federal Agency for Nature
Conservation on the Isle of Vilm in May 2001 in order to look at two major problems: The
need to find new funding mechanisms for nature conservation due to limited state budgets
and the insufficient information on financial instruments relevant for and used in Central and
Eastern European Countries.
Compared to Western Europe funding for nature/biodiversity conservation in Central and Eastern Europe is still at a low level and highly dependent upon external official (development) assistance. At the same time there is much potential in the wide variety of the so-called new and innovative financial instruments and incentive measures that are currently discussed on the international level.