Sustainable management of ecosystems and the services that they provide

The world’s natural capital is dwindling. Never before has there been such an acute need for the sustainable management of ecosystems and the services that they provide. To tackle this grand challenge Utrecht University joined forces with several knowledge institutes, NGO’s for nature conservation and other societal partners in the Academy of Ecosystem Services.

Providing scientific support

The Academy of Ecosystem Services acts as a platform to provide solutions to issues related to ecosystem services and to stimulate the exchange between science and practice. It supports evidence-based conservation strategies, creates unique opportunities for interdisciplinary and integrative research, connects teaching and research activities and facilitates long-term research programmes. The research of the Academy focusses on four interdisciplinary research topics: greening value chains, optimizing land use, understanding ecosystem dynamics and biodiversity conservation.


Stapel omgehakte boomstammen naast bosweg
5 November 2018
Professor Marleen van Rijswick will lead a workshop on Flood Risk Governance at Luleå University in Sweden. Call for papers open untill 31st January 2019.
25 September 2018
This year's hot, dry summer is resulting in more unripe acorns on the ground, posing a danger for multiple animal species, including horses.
Fairtrade coffee
21 August 2018
Nature-friendly agriculture can be economically viable, says Rosalien Jezeer from Utrecht University in a OneWorld article.