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MOTivational strength of ecosystem services and alternative ways to express the value of BIOdiversity

Objective

People in Europe acknowledge that nature is important to them and to society at large. Economists have shown that indeed, biodiversity has total economic values running into the trillions of euros worldwide and hundreds of millions even for ‘minor’ ecosystem services on local scales. In spite of these immense values, politicians and the general public in Europe do not appear to really act for nature. In the ballot box, people think about their job security, their mortgage or foreign immigrants – not about the loss of nature. Politicians feel tempted to focus on these same narrow issues. As a result, European biodiversity continues to decline.

Can economic methods to assess the value of biodiversity be improved such that they reach out to what really motivates action? Can alternative approaches be developed that lie closer to what connects people to nature and can appeal to their actions in stead of only to their feelings?

The BIOMOT project, funded by the FP 7 programme of the European Union, will address these challenges. Involving eight research institutes in seven European countries and uniting a unique group of economists, governance experts, psychologists and philosophers, BIOMOT will undertake empirical research in the seven European countries, focusing on (a) the motivational capacity of economic valuation methods, (b) the types of motivation for nature that underlie successful policy actions for biodiversity at various scales and (c) the motivations that drive citizens, business and public leaders to take action for nature. On that basis, BIOMOT will develop a general theory of motivation for biodiversity and think through its implications for biodiversity policies, for business and civil society actors and for public communication.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 789 766,45
Administrative Contact
Dorri Te Boekhorst (Ms.)

Participants (7)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 487 476,20
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 476 800
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tom Dedeurwaerdere (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD
Germany
EU contribution
€ 297 930
Address
Domstrasse 11
17489 Greifswald
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Diana Lode (Ms.)
ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 276 000
Address
Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hannele Juvaste (Ms.)
ZNANSTVENORAZISKOVALNI CENTER SLOVENSKE AKADEMIJE ZNANOSTI IN UMETNOSTI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 214 980
Address
Novi Trg 2
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mimi Urbanc (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 326 463,60
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Filomena Tarantino (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 283 422,75
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ton Brouwer (Mr.)