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ILS: Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung

The ILS – Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development – is a German non-university research institute. Focused on strategic research it works on topics involving the current and future development of towns and cities at all relevant administrative levels.


The ILS' research work is characterised by the close connection between theoretically and empirically innovative contributions to basic research and the added value gained through the application of its findings, which serve as the basis for detailed consulting services in the fields of policy-making, business and society. As a hub for spatial research in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany and Europe, the ILS is actively engaged in different networks, and maintains a wide range of relationships with regional, national and international partners.


We lead Work Package 4 - Understanding Ecosystem Services and the Economic Value of Mineral Sites Restoration


We will assess economic valuation options by scoping relevant state of the art techniques from the literature. All relevant methods & approaches for valuing ecosystem services will be classified, to identify a set of methods that can be translated into a “valuation scheme”

for restoration sites. Primary data from ecosystem services assessments by RSPB will be combined with a willingness-to-pay (WTP) analyses that collects valuation information from relevant stakeholders This will produce an overview of the evaluation results, to inform

academia, the public and further steps in the project.