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Biodiversity Value At Risk

Project state


Project start

December 2022

Funding duration

14 months

Universities involved


Practice partners

Funding amount DIZH

CHF 66'000

The ongoing SNSF-Innosuisse project is collecting and integrating multidimensional data to measure the dynamics of biodiversity in different regions of the world. As part of the 1st Rapid Action Call, a data-based model was developed that transforms local, nature-related risks into financial terms and shows how damage to ecosystems can affect companies’ balance sheets and share prices. On this basis, an interactive interface prototype was developed for decision-makers. The prototype integrates web maps with information condensed into graphics in the form of a dashboard.

The most important project results:

  • Data basis for the calculation of BioVaR
  • Process for calculating BioVaR, based on spatial data and LCA data
    Interactive website with dashboard, methodology and results
  • Working Paper: Posth, Jan-Alexander and Schwendner, Peter and Laube, Patrick and Orpiszewski, Tomasz: “Bio-Value-at-Risk: A Concept to Assessing the Implications of Biodiversity Risks on Portfolio Management using Geospatial Analysis”:

Data inputs are now to be generated on the basis of the project results in order to calibrate the model. The project team is in contact with scientists from the European COST Action 22138 REMINDNET to refine the model approach as well as with companies from the mining sector, the downstream industry and investors.


Dr. Tomasz Orpiszewski, ZHAW School of Management and Law, Fachstelle für Asset Management

Prof. Dr. Peter Schwendner, ZHAW School of Management and Law, Institut für Wealth & Asset Management

René Itten, ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management, Institut für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen

Prof. Dr. Patrick Laube, ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management, Institut für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen

Dr. Jan-Alexander Posth, ZHAW School of Management and Law


Call type: 1. Rapid Action Call