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Under the current process of global change, one of the key challenges for land use decisions is to sustainably use biomass to feed a growing world population, to substitute fossil fuels by renewable and storable energy, and to preserve ecosystems. In order to provide solutions to these challenges, it is key to understand the interconnected processes of global change and their impact on the scare resources land and water, as well as the trade-offs faced in the use of biomass. Research questions are:

  • What are suitable policy measures for shaping the transformation process to sustainable development taking international repercussions on global markets into account?
  • How does global change impact on land use and how are natural habitats, ecosystems, and their services affected?
  • How can the scarce resource water be used in a sustainable way?

To analyze and answer these research questions we employ the global computable general equilibrium (CGE) model DART in different versions.



Current Projects




BioNex – The future of the biomass nexus

Project partner: Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität Munich

Duration: April 2017 until March 2020

Funded by: German Federal Ministry for Education and Research

Link to DART-BIO


MOD_GW – Modelling and evaluation of political processes to implement sustainable economic systems in industrial and developing countries

Project partner: Institute for Agricultural Economics at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

Duration: January 2017 until December 2019

Funded by: German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (in German)



ETSPLUS – Options for consistent support measures of renewable energies

In cooperation with: Meo Carbon Solutions, Universität Göttingen

Duration: November 2017 until October 2018

Funded by: German Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)


Land Use Change in Savannahs and Grasslands - Approaches by Policy Engagement, Land Use Planning and Best Management Practices

The three-year project of the WWF Germany, Paraguay and Colombia is funded by the International Climate Initiative. As a subcontractor, the IfW develops a concept for climate-smart-agriculture and carbon mapping for the project regions in the Pantanal in Paraguay and the Llanos Orientales in Colombia. In addition, the IfW analyses the effect of global trends on the demand for agricultural production from the project regions.   


09/2016 – 08/2019


International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety


WWF Germany, Colombia and Paraguay, Thünen Institut, DLR


Dr. Mareike Söder


GLUES – Global Assessment of Land Use dynamics on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Ecosystem Services



Completed Projects

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