BfN Schriften 637 - International expert workshop on economic aspects of nature restoration
Everyday life in globally integrated industrial nations is characterized by technical systems and a large selection of consumer goods is available all year round. The illusion arises that the satisfaction of our needs is largely independent of nature and that our ecosystems are seemingly unlimited. But this appearance is deceptive. On the one hand, ecosystems provide numerous goods and services that give us humans direct or indirect economic, health or psychological benefits. On the other hand, the performance of ecosystems is limited and is increasingly coming under pressure from human activities, so that numerous ecosystems are currently in a degraded or even destroyed state. In order to improve the condition of already damaged ecosystems, the implementation of suitable restoration measures as well as an efficient system of economic incentives are required to motivate stakeholders to voluntarily invest in sustainable management methods. The urgency of intensifying nature restoration has already been recognized at various political levels and different measures are currently being implemented as part of various initiatives.