WS14: Ecological Compensation as a tool for sustainable resource management

Publicerad: 8 oktober 2018


Maria Pettersson (Luleå University of Technology):
Antti Belinskij (Finnish Environment Institute & University of Eastern Finland)

Ecological compensation is a potentially important instrument to maintain – and reduce degradation of – overall levels of biodiversity, ecosystem services and environmental quality, and as a means of enforcing the Polluter-Pays principle. Enabling compensation, for example through the introduction of new environmental values, or by ensuring existing values, with a ‘no net loss’ ambition is a crucial step to safeguard biodiversity.

We welcome papers on how ecological compensation can be used as a means to offset environmental damages resulting from industrial and other activities, e.g. pollution of air, soil and water, land degradation, nutrient loading, migratory barriers and toxic emissions? This includes (but is not limited to) the following issues:

  • Which factors affect citizens’ acceptance of ecological compensation in different forms (case-to-case or banking)?
  • What are the institutional preconditions for applying ecological compensation?
  • How should the institutional framework be designed to be cost-efficient and at the same time ensure sufficient environmental protection?
  • How can financial instruments for ecological compensation be established in an efficient and sustainable manner?