Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation (BEC)

The BEC Group develops and applies state-of-the art ecological knowledge, methods, and tools to understand ecosystem functioning, ecological responses, and feedbacks in coupled social-economic-ecological systems. The group aims to apply this knowledge and tools to investigate appropriate management options to achieve sustainability goals that have ecological implications.

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The BEC group is the institute’s hub of applied ecology and conservation research. The group provides the needed ecological and conservation insights to help IIASA promote institutional, demographic, behavioral, technological, social, and economic changes that achieve development goals sustainably. BEC is an interdisciplinary research group that develops and applies state-of-the art ecological knowledge, methods, and tools to understand ecosystem functioning, ecological responses, and feedbacks in coupled social-economic-ecological systems. The group aims to apply this knowledge and tools to investigate appropriate management options to achieve sustainability goals that have ecological implications. The group’s key research areas include:

  • Ecological responses to natural and anthropogenic drivers of change, for example, land and water management and climate change.
  • How to prioritize conservation efforts to maximize positive impacts at scales from local to global (e.g., habitat restoration and conservation, and species management plans) at scales from local to global.
  • How species and ecosystems contribute to selected ecosystem services and human wellbeing.

Latest news

01 September 2021
Building fairness into decision making

The fairSTREAM project just launched under the auspices of the IIASA Strategic Initiatives Program, aims to develop and demonstrate a co-production methodology for including equity and justice (fairness) alongside efficiency in developing sustainable policy options across the food-water-biodiversity nexus.  More

30 August 2021
Research reveals location and intensity of global threats to biodiversity

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.  More



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27 Oct 2021
IIASA Public Webinar #2: In conversation with Piero Visconti

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14 Jun 2021 - 24 Jun 2021
IIASA becomes an observer to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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CONTACT DETAILS

Piero Visconti

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation Research Group - Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 427

PUBLICATIONS

Jellesmark, S., Ausden, M., Blackburn, T.M., Gregory, R.D., Hoffmann, M., Massimino, D., McRae, L., & Visconti, P. (2021). A counterfactual approach to measure the impact of wet grassland conservation on UK breeding bird populations. Conservation Biology 10.1111/cobi.13692. (In Press)

Strassburg, B.B.N., Iribarrem, A, Beyer, H.L., Cordeiro, C.L., Crouzeilles, R., Jakovac, C.C., Braga Junqueira, A., Lacerda, E., et al. (2020). Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration. Nature, 1-6. 10.1038/s41586-020-2784-9.

Maxwell, S.L., Cazalis, V., Dudley, N., Hoffmann, M., Rodrigues, A.S.L., Stolton, S., Visconti, P., Woodley, S., et al. (2020). Area-based conservation in the twenty-first century. Nature 586 (7828), 217-227. 10.1038/s41586-020-2773-z.

Jung, M., Dahal, P.R., Butchart, S.H.M., Donald, P.F., De Lamo, X., Lesiv, M. , Kapos, V., Rondinini, C., et al. (2020). A global map of terrestrial habitat types. Scientific Data 7 (1), e256. 10.1038/s41597-020-00599-8.

Visconti, P., Butchart, S., Brooks, T., Langhammer, D., Marnewick, D., Vergara, S., Yanosky, A., & Watson, J. (2019). Protected area targets post-2020. Science 364 (6437), 239-241. 10.1126/science.aav6886.

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