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Determining the Insurance Value of Ecosystems (DIVES)

The forest protects the population and transport infrastructure in mountain regions from natural hazards, such as avalanches, landslides and rock falls. At the same time, the forest itself is exposed to hazards, such as storms and fires. Can hazard prevention be improved through sustainable forest management and an innovative insurance model?

The project analyses the capacity of forest ecosystems to provide natural insurance services. Within the framework of case studies,  the potential and value of these services will be illustrated in an exemplary way. The preferences of forest and building owners will be defined, relevant institutional frameworks will be investigated and success factors will be identified. Eventually, all the acquired information will be put together to develop an operational business model that can be used in practice for sustainable insurance against natural hazards. The results will help to expand the awareness, acceptance and improve the common understanding of these ecosystem services.