Accounting II

Ecosystem services and environmental-economic accounting - Digital assessment

The aim of the project "Accounting II" is, on the one hand, to further develop the methods already developed for the preliminary results of the case studies ("Accounting I"), and to calculate a further time period. On the other hand, further ecosystem services (avoidance of climate gases, and recreation in the landscape) are to be assessed, and a conceptual proposal for an ecosystem condition account is to be developed. In addition, concrete proposals are to be developed on how the data already processed (from GIS, official statistics, HNV mapping, federal forest inventory data, etc.), aggregation and evaluation models (e.g. recreation assessment, demand for urban green spaces) can be integrated into a common data and evaluation model.

Between 8 to 9 November 2021, the second National Ecosystem Accounting Germany Conference took place in Hannover, Germany as a cooperation between MAIA, the Leibniz University Hannover, the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and the Federal Statistical Office

On the first Conference day, the newly adapted SEEA EA standard and its implication for the German Ecosystem Accounting were the focus of discussion. Ongoing project work as well as an overview of the recent results of the German Ecosystem Accounting progress were also presented. On the second Conference day, further insights into recent and upcoming ecosystem accounting actions on ecosystem condition, biodiversity, carbon and cultural ecosystem services were shared. In the last session, the state of ecosystem accounting in relation to other (monitoring ,assessment, information) systems was discussed and further upcoming related research projects were introduced. In addition to that, through diverse statements from stakeholders from the potential user spectrum, the users' perspectives of ecosystem accounting were taken into account. 

Next to vivid sessions and lively discussions, the Conference was very successful in strengthening the ecosystem accounting network in Germany by creating a warm and friendly atmosphere among the about 50 participants.

On 3 March 2020, the Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development Dresden, in cooperation with partner institutions, organised the first national workshop for a future German ecosystem accounting in the "Königlichen Pferdestall" of Leibniz University Hannover.

First results within the framework of Accounting II:

Grunewald K., Schweppe-Kraft B., Syrbe R.-U., Meier S., Krüger T., Schorcht M., Walz U. (2020): Hierarchical classification system of Germany’s ecosystems as basis for an ecosystem accounting – methods and first results. One Ecosystem 5: e50648. doi.org/10.3897/oneeco.5.e50648

Grunewald K., Schweppe-Kraft B., Syrbe R.-U., Meier S., Michel C., Richter B., Schorcht M., Walz U. (2020): Hierarchisches Klassifikationssystem der Ökosysteme Deutschlands als Grundlage einer übergreifenden Ökosystem-Bilanzierung. Natur und Landschaft 95/3, pp. 118-128

Meier, S.; Grunewald, K.; Syrbe, R.-U. (2020): Herausforderungen einer regelmäßigen Ökosystembilanzierung auf Basis des LBM-DEs In: Meinel, Gotthard; Schumacher, Ulrich; Behnisch, Martin; Krüger, Tobias (Hrsg.): Flächennutzungsmonitoring XII mit Beiträgen zum Monitoring von Ökosystemleistungen und SDGs. Berlin: Rhombos-Verlag, (IÖR-Schriften; 78), S.179-190

Schweppe-Kraft, B.; Syrbe, R.-U.; Meier, S.; Grunewald, K. (2020): Datengrundlagen für einen Biodiversitätsflächenindikator auf Bundesebene In: Meinel, Gotthard; Schumacher, Ulrich; Behnisch, Martin; Krüger, Tobias (Hrsg.): Flächennutzungsmonitoring XII mit Beiträgen zum Monitoring von Ökosystemleistungen und SDGs. Berlin: Rhombos-Verlag, (IÖR-Schriften; 78), S.191-204

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

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This institute is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.