The European Community is an important funder of conservation within the EU. IEEP has decades of experience in contributing to debates on EU and global financing of biodiversity. We aim to help policy-makers understand the benefits associated with investing in nature conservation, and to make stakeholders aware of funding opportunities. Our work includes assessing how much money has been directed towards biodiversity protection and making recommendations to ensure that funding is adequate to meet biodiversity objectives.

IEEP has a broad range of experts in European funds, enabling us to develop detailed guidance on the opportunities for funding biodiversity conservation through these channels. This work includes the European Commission’s Financing Natura 2000 Guidance Handbook and other finance related guidance. We also analyse innovative financial instruments and approaches to enhance private sector financing of biodiversity, and funding biodiversity conservation in developing countries.

Our work has also supported the case for investing in nature conservation through researching the social and economic benefits and costs of investing in protected areas, including the Natura 2000 network.