Ecosystems Services and Management
- Initiate and support global policy processes aimed at achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by focusing on integrated multiple natural resource use strategies and monitoring systems.
- Undertake at least three globally consistent national/regional policy impact assessments relevant to the three Rio Conventions with a potential focus on supporting the measurability of global land restoration initiatives.
- Launch an annual global commodity market and resources review (including special feature themes such as societal resource-based risks assessment), starting in 2020 with participation of consortium members recruited from IIASA member countries. Create a global natural/bio-resources market assessment network or consortium.
- Establish an online open access platform for the market assessment consortium by 2020 (including a quantified commodity market outlook). The outlook will start with agriculture and forest sector commodities and will be expanded to eventually also include minerals and metals markets.
- Establish the global Citizen Science Center (CSC) to initiate, host, and coordinate citizen initiatives aimed at crowd sourcing scientific data (inbound) and bringing research outputs to a wide audience (outbound).
- Expected impact:
- Newly designed knowledge systems that drive incremental and transformational policies for ecosystem management and improved human and environmental wellbeing.
- Resulting portfolios of policy instruments (including observation systems) that are consistent across space, time, and economic/environmental sectors.
A freely available mobile application developed by IIASA researchers in collaboration with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT), is providing farmers in Mexico with tutorials and expert advice to improve their farming practices and crop yields.
A project run by the IIASA Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM) demonstrates how satellite imagery linked with a micro-tasking application such as Picture Pile can support humanitarian efforts. By asking users to answer simple yes-or-no questions, the...
IIASA teamed up with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission to test and play The World’s Future game–a social simulation game developed by IIASA researchers on the interconnected nature of the Sustainable...
Earth’s ecosystems are being pushed beyond safe limits in terms of freshwater use, biodiversity, and biogeochemical flows. According to researchers at the IIASA Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM), existing modeling tools need to be revisited to ensure...