Ecosystems for Sustainability

Environmental Vulnerability & Ecosystem Services (EVES)

A mangrove forest

Integrating the well-being of nature and people to develop science-based solutions for global challenges.

The EVES division conducts original, policy-relevant and actionable research on conceptualizing, understanding and promoting ecosystem management to address multiple goals, such as reducing disaster risk, land degradation, loss of biodiversity and impacts of climate change. Through developing a better understanding of the different values of nature and the implications of its losses, UNU-EHS aims to design more climate-resilient Nature-based Solutions and put nature at the centre of global policy frameworks.

The EVES research aims to:

  1. Generate scientific evidence that advances our understanding of how ecosystems can support disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
  2. Develop methods for evaluating ecosystem-based approaches for improved climate resilience of people and ecosystems, and
  3. Highlight the value of ecosystems for achieving goals across global policy frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals by better integrating the use of Nature-based Solutions.



FURIFLOOD: Current and future risks of urban and rural flooding in West Africa – An integrated analysis and eco-system-based solutions

The project will contribute research on flood-related impacts, vulnerability to flooding, and a guidebook to reduce current and future flood risk

18 Oct 2021