Ecosystems Services and 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 Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM) has built integrated knowledge and data systems to provide a trusted science base for land management policy processes in many global regions. These aim to improve human wellbeing and sustainable management of the Earth’s natural resources. Guiding production and consumption choices that are consistent across scales and compatible with the maintenance of equitable access to multiple ecosystem services, is a scientific challenge that ESM is uniquely positioned to address based on its cluster of citizen science and modularly linked land resource assessment tools.

ESM Research Centers


Center for Landscape Resilience & Management (CLR)

Integrated biophysical modeling group assessing landscape ecosystems and their services with special emphasis on sustainability and resilience of  the global agriculture-, forest- and low carbon-energy sectors.


Center for Earth Observation & Citizen Science (EOCS)

We use earth observation and citizen science to conduct research and provide innovative, cost effective and high quality data, tools and services to help society achieve the sustainable development goals


Center for Environmental Resources and Development (ERD)

Conducting integrated assessments of the bioeconomy (agriculture, forestry, and bioenergy) by developing the Global Biosphere Management Model GLOBIOM and contributing to policy scenarios.

ESM Events


23 Sep 2020 - 23 Oct 2020
New Geo-Wiki Global Built-up Surface Validation Campaign Launches 23 Sep 2020

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ESM News

14 October 2020
Pinpointing high impact areas for ecosystem restoration

As the world focuses on the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, a new landmark study pinpoints the ecosystems that should be restored for the biggest climate and biodiversity benefits at the lowest cost. According to the authors, restoration can potentially be 13 times more cost-effective when it takes place in the highest priority locations.  More

07 October 2020
Investment in conservation efforts needs to be stepped up

National governments have fallen well short of their conservation commitments under the global nature conservation treaty, the Convention on Biological Diversity. An international consortium of scientists has conducted a global review of area-based conservation efforts, including both protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures.  More

10 September 2020
Bending the curve of biodiversity loss

Plant and animal species across the world are steadily disappearing due to human activity. A major new IIASA-led study suggests that without ambitious, integrated action combining conservation and restoration efforts with a transformation of the food system, turning the tide of biodiversity loss by 2050 or earlier will not be possible.  More





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CONTACT DETAILS

Petr Havlik

ERD Center Head and Acting Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 511

Steffen Fritz

EOCS Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 353

Florian Kraxner

CLR Center Head and Deputy Program Director

Ecosystems Services and Management

T +43(0) 2236 807 233

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