The BioVal research project
The aim of BioVal is to explore how negative impacts of food production and consumption on biodiversity can be reduced and how they can have positive impacts instead. BioVal focuses on the food sector, as food production and diets have the greatest impact on the protection and conservation of biodiversity due to the use of a wide variety of ecosystems (cultivated grasslands, fields, oceans, lakes). Both terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity are included. BioVal addresses the comprehensive research question of how the value of biodiversity can be increased along product life cycles from three perspectives:
- the societal perspective on value attitudes towards biodiversity,
- the methodological perspective on how the impact of products on biodiversity can be quantified, and
- the entrepreneurial perspective on how to manage in a way that promotes biodiversity and how the manufactured products can be valued on the market and along the entire product life cycle.
BioVal’s research approach is transdisciplinary, therefore the project will also be formatively evaluated.