Article: News 10 May 2022
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.
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems (EM) Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES) Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Water Security (WAT) Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF) Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation (BEC) Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Equity and Justice (EQU)
Article: News 31 March 2022
National biodiversity monitoring programs in Europe face many challenges, according to the first report of the Europe-wide EuropaBON project released today. The analysis includes data from more than 350 experts from policy, science, and environmental protection practice. The team is also drafting a proposal for a transnational monitoring of Europe's biodiversity and ecosystems.
Article: News 03 February 2022
Area-based conservation targets aimed at stopping and reversing global biodiversity loss are set to form an integral part of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework discussions later this year. An international team of researchers have however found that strictly protecting global land area for conservation could have an adverse impact on human health and food security in some parts of the world.
Article: Blog Post 28 January 2022
New research suggests that the effective management of protected areas in Europe can help to advance the range shifts of wintering water birds toward the north as the climate warms.
Article: Other 26 January 2022
Policy Brief #33, January 2022. Action on biodiversity loss can be much more effective if it embraces other global challenges.
Article: News 20 January 2022
Halting, then reversing the ongoing loss of Earth’s plant and animal diversity requires far more than an expanded global system of protected areas of land and seas, scientists warn. What is needed, is successful, coordinated action across a diverse, interconnected set of transformative changes, including massive reductions in harmful agricultural and fishing subsidies, deep reductions in overconsumption, and holding climate change to 1.5°C.
11 September 2021
11 September 2021
Hofstraße 2, Laxenburg
IIASA participated in this community event, focusing on biodiversity in Laxenburg. The event - organized by the municipality of Laxenburg - included a local tour to the Franz-Joseph-Park and the "Rolling Hills", a unique ecological open space in Lower Austria.
22 September 2021
24 September 2021
IIASA co-organises 11th International Conference of the International Society for the Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM)
Article: News 12 November 2021
Crop and livestock production are among the main drivers of biodiversity loss globally. Due to the ever-increasing demand of land for food production, reverting global biodiversity decline and feeding the world is one of the greatest challenges of our time. A new study finds that integrating food production and biodiversity conservation within a single spatial planning framework can minimize these trade-offs to the benefit of both nature and people.
In fairSTREAM, IIASA researchers aim to understand and reconcile issues of fairness. This is a key aspect for managing risks in nexus issues, such as the food-water-biodiversity nexus, where conflicting views on procedural and outcome fairness often remain unresolved and jeopardize finding viable solutions. Addressing these issues is a major challenge that requires the integration of multiple sources of knowledge and the cooperation of many different societal actors.
23 November 2021
23 November 2021
IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria - Gvishiani room
This kick-off event serves to introduce the Strategic Initiatives project FairSTREAM to IIASA colleagues and associates, as well as to start the conversation on one concrete topic at the heart of FairSTREAM work: stakeholder engagement and knowledge co-production at IIASA. The project is an in-house collaboration by the Equity and Justice (EQU), Water Security (WAT), and Biodiversity, Ecology, & Conservation (BEC) IIASA Research Groups to advance trans-disciplinary research and upscaling via agent-based modelling at the food-water-biodiversity nexus.
Article: News 05 November 2021
A project to build a map of the world’s diverse food production systems and their dependencies is helping form a better understanding of the crucial elements and necessary transformative actions that govern agricultural systems, now and in the future.
Article: News 30 August 2021
Using a novel modeling approach, new research published in Nature Ecology and Evolution reveals the location and intensity of key threats to biodiversity on land and identifies priority areas across the world to help inform conservation decision making at national and local levels.
Article: News 24 August 2021
We are collectively failing to conserve the world’s biodiversity and to mobilize natural solutions to help curb global warming. A new study carried out by the Nature Map Consortium, shows that managing a strategically placed 30% of land for conservation could safeguard 70% of all considered terrestrial plant and vertebrate animal species, while simultaneously conserving more than 62% of the world’s above and below ground vulnerable carbon, and 68% of all clean water.
Calls to coordinate and strengthen the links between the global biodiversity and climate agendas are growing. Nature-based solutions (NbS) are one of the priorities identified by the UK UNFCCC COP 26 Presidency to achieve the goals set by the Paris Agreement.
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in partnership with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and EuroCARE, is leading the EU-BIOCLIMA project: European Union Biodiversity and Climate strategies Assessment.
The AmazonFACE project addresses the overarching question of how climate change will affect the Amazon forest, the biodiversity it harbors, and the ecosystem services it provides to humanity.
The Global LandScapes project is funded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in the US and has the overall objective of developing a joint methodology and database to compute a map of global foodscapes and their development potential in view of planning for large-scale deployment of Nature based solutions (NBS).