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  Methods of empirical survey of value attitudes for biodiversity research (only german)

7. October 2022

The white paper "Methods of empirical assessment of value attitudes for biodiversity research" by the authors Uta Böhm from the Center for Technology and Society (ZTG) at the Technical University of Berlin and Julius Wenzig from the Center for Sustainable Management (ZNU) at the University of Witten/Herdecke provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on possible methods, approaches and studies for assessing social value attitudes towards biodiversity. The focus of the white paper is on empirical methods that are suitable for surveying societal value attitudes towards biodiversity in Germany. Quantitative and qualitative survey methods for the assessment of value attitudes towards biodiversity in general as well as the awareness of the connection between food production and biodiversity are considered.

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  Aquatic Biodiversity Impact Assessment – first ideas

7. October 2022

White Paper in the context of the research project Biodiversity Valuing & Valuation (BioVal) Phase 1. The white paper "Aquatic Biodiversity Impact Assessment - first ideas" presents first ideas for the assessment of aquatic biodiversity impacts in the context of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). These ideas were discussed and further developed with stakeholders in a workshop. In addition, an expertise on biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems was included in the white paper. The authors Dr. Ulrike Eberle from the ZNU - Center for Sustainable Management at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Prof. Dr. Jan Paul Lindner from the University of Applied Sciences Bochum and Julian Quandt show that it is in principle possible to develop a Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) method for aquatic biodiversity using the proposed approach. However, there are still some challenges to overcome.

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Social values

The aim of this research module is to collect social values on biodiversity and food production and the awareness of the connection between food production and biodiversity in Germany.

Impact assessment of biodiversity

The aim is to optimise the impact assessment of biodiversity in LCA in a practical way and to add diffuse effects and aquatic biodiversity.

Biodiversity in companies

Together with the companies FRoSTA AG, Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG and Seeberger GmbH, living labs are being used to work out how the effects of corporate and production processes on biodiversity along the food value chain can be better recorded and taken into account in decisions.

Transdisciplinary integration

The goal of transdisciplinary integration is to bring together the knowledge from the three research modules and to develop it further together with the living lab companies and other companies, for example in the biodiversity working group.