Ecosystems Services & Management

The Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program aims to improve our understanding of ecosystems in today’s changing world—in particular, the current state of ecosystems, and their ecological thresholds and buffering capacities.

The strategic goal of ESM is supporting policy makers in developing rational, realistic and science-based regional, national and global strategies for the production of food, feed, fiber, and bio-energy that sustain ecosystem services and safeguard food security. By using advanced theories of applied systems analysis, new information technologies and integrated biophysical, social and economic modeling techniques; ESM is charting possible pathways to the future by linking ecosystems, society, policy, and governance.

ESM News

07 October 2015
Study on land use change underlies Brazil’s climate commitment

A new report from an international consortium including IIASA researchers provides the scientific guidance on deforestation and land use change to support Brazil in developing an evidence-based climate pledge.  More

ESM Research Groups

Agro-Environmental Systems

Enviro. Resources & Develop.

Economic Decision Making

Earth Observation Systems

Forest Ecosystem Management

Policy and Science Interface

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Michael Obersteiner

Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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Florian Kraxner

Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

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