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A Danish indicator of nature efforts - DNI

What is it?

DNI is a measure of how effectively the protection and restoration of a natural area contributes to halt or reverse the biodiversity crisis.

Effective nature management requires effective protection of areas with a high level of biodiversity and restoration of the natural processes of the ecosystem.

In order to quantify the effect, we combine the state of biodiversity, the statutory protection of nature and the realisation of the most important natural processes. The product of these three things is the DNI-score.

What can you do on the website?

The website is structured in such a way that it is possible to choose an arbitrary area and have the DNI-score calculated as an indication of how much this area contributes to the protection of biodiversity in Denmark. The area is selected by drawing a polygon on the map or actively selecting a number of land registers or a predefined area in the form of a municipality or a Natura 2000 area.

The DNI score is the product of condition, protection and processes. The three elements of good nature management act in synergy. Thus, an initiative has greater impact if it takes place in areas that are already an important habitat for endangered species, and the impact is greater if it includes both protection and restoration of natural processes.

It is also possible to delve into the DNI score and see which elements contribute to a high or low score and see which parts of the chosen area contribute with a high or low score.