The research focus of IBF is the integrated modeling of natural resources and ecosystems management using IIASA models such as the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) for the development of transformations in food and bio-based sectors that enable satisfying human needs while ensuring the sustainable use of terrestrial and marine environments.

The IBF Group strives to bring about transformations in the use and management of terrestrial, fresh water, and marine ecosystems for “happy people on a healthy planet” by informing national and international policies, and by engaging with businesses and civil society. For this, the group relies on a suite of well-established models, including the Global Biosphere Management Model (GLOBIOM) and the Global Forest Model (G4M), as well as its reputation as a credible partner in concrete policy/regulatory processes.

The group’s key research areas include:

  • Land, water, and oceans management focusing on primary producers in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries and their impact on the environment, including land-based climate change mitigation.
  • Bio-based sectors integrating consumers and producers across food, fibre, and fuel supply chains.
  • Shocks, adaptation, and resilience within bio-based sectors including weather extremes.
  • Food, nutrition, and poverty, as the main social outcomes of land, water, and oceans use.
  • Integrated biosphere foresight and solutions developing forward-looking scenarios for the assessment of potential synergies and trade-offs between relevant Sustainable Development Goals at regional and global scales, and exploring national and international options for their achievement to inform policymaking.


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10 May 2022

IIASA recognizes outstanding research contributions

IIASA recently instituted a new system of awards to recognize outstanding contributions towards meeting the strategic priorities and values of the institute. We are proud to announce that five IIASA research activities have been recognized in the inaugural 2022 award cycle.
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06 April 2022

New IPCC Report: we can halve emissions by 2030

Between 2010 and 2019, average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed. Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach. However, there is increasing evidence of the success of climate action, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.


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European Union Biodiversity and Climate strategies Assessment (EU BIOCLIMA)

Dnieper Hydroelectric Station in Zaporizhia Oblast from “Hydroelectricity in Ukraine”

Integrated modeling for robust management of food-energy-water-land use nexus security and sustainable development


Modelling INdividual Decisions to Support The European Policies related to agriculture (MIND STEP)

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Assessment of alternative aviation fuels development (ALTERNATE )


Forestry and logging
A model estimating forest growth, stock, harvest amount and comparing incomes from forestry and alternative land uses on a global scale. 
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A global model to assess competition for land use between agriculture, bioenergy, and forestry


26 January 2022

Integrated solutions for biodiversity

Policy Brief #33, January 2022. Action on biodiversity loss can be much more effective if it embraces other global challenges.
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07 December 2021

Globally coordinated mitigation policy could benefit environmentally conscious farmers

Stefan Frank discusses a recent study that looked into the impacts of ambitious EU agricultural mitigation policies on the livelihoods of farmers.


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Amanda Palazzo

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Tamas Krisztin

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Fulvio Di Fulvio

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