Proposal for a practical framework to determine financial compensations for damage to nature - a discussion note prepared for the BIOVAL project of EUFJE, IMPEL and ENPE

Jomme Desair, Lieven De Smet, Sander Jacobs

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When someone maliciously harms you, either materially or morally, they often need to pay you an indemnity in addition to punishment for the possible offence. Even if this does not always allow you to repair the damage, as a victim you are still compensated to some extent. This is rarely so when causing damage to nature, because to whom should this indemnity be paid and how do we determine the amounts?
Using the IPBES principles for plural valuation of nature, we drew up a list of indicative financial compensation amounts. The calculation is ready for 100 vertebrates (commonly found in court cases), and will be expanded in the future. We will also work on compensations for protected vegetations, forests and small landscape elements. This compensation then goes to a fund for nature restoration.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInstituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek
Number of pages54
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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NameRapporten van het Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek

Thematic List 2020

  • Protected nature
  • Nature & society

Thematic list

  • Fauna
  • Species policy
  • Conservation


  • economics of nature, forest and biodiversity policy
  • nature policy
  • protected Flemish nature
  • legislation

Geographic list

  • Belgium
  • Europe
  • Flanders

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