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The role of eco-accounts in landscape conservation and management in Germany

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(From previous issue No.34)

The German Federal Act on Nature Conservation and Landscape Management names regulation of intervention as an instrument for the general protection of nature and landscape. The purpose of regulation of intervention is to safeguard the performance and functioning of natural resources and valuable landscape features outside of protected areas as well. The titular eco-account is a type of regulation of intervention where municipalities create „pre-compensation” reserves consisting of areas appropriate for compensation and already implemented compensation measures. Thus, municipalities can realize valueadding measures of landscape management and nature protection that are refinanced from surcharges paid by later investments bound for compensation. In the following paper I wish to demonstrate the evolution and present role of regulation of intervention and ecoaccount in Germany, with a brief outlook on similar Hungarian instruments.