About us



The MARISCO method has been developed and tested by direction, colleagues and partners of The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management in workshops and projects in Germany, Ukraine, China, Korea, Guatemala, Peru, UK, Albania, Russia and many more.


Furthermore, it is used in applied teaching of strategic conservation management and change management modules (e.g., MSc Global Change Management).


The Centre


The Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management has been jointly established by Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany, and Writtle College, UK. It is a mechanism for cooperation and internationalisation bundling projects and initiatives under a common goal.


"Learning from ecological systems for sustainable development"




Without the intensive cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH who provided the opportunities for MARISCO pilot application through projects implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well as the International Climate Initiative (ICI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in China, Ecuador, Peru and Costa Rica we would not have been able to practice and perfect MARISCO.

Specifically, we wish to thank the ‘Jiangxi’ project in China; ‘BIOMARCC’ (Marine and Coastal Biodiversity in Costa Rica - Adaptation to Climate Change) in Costa Rica; and the ‘El Sira’ project (Integrated Climate Change Management in Communal Reserves in the Amazon Rainforest) in Peru for all the work they put into making many MARISCO workshops happen. Equally we acknowledge the cooperation with the GIZ project ‘GESOREN’ (Sustainable management of natural resources) as well as with KfW and GOPA in Ecuador.


The continued support from the Sectoral Project ‘Implementing the Biodiversity Convention’ implemented by GIZ on behalf of BMZ has been an important driver of the MARISCO development. Very special thanks go to Isabel Renner (GIZ). The Sectoral Project ‘Implementing the Biodiversity Convention’ also supported the preparation of the website, as well as the training materials and the online course. 


We thank both OroVerde, Bonn, as well as the Defensores de la Naturaleza, Guatemala, for inviting us to collaborate with them on the EU and ICI-funded pre-REDD project for the Sierra del Lacandón National Park, a valuable testing site for MARISCO development. In particular we thank Elke Mannigel for the great cooperation. We equally acknowledge the opportunities for further development and testing of the method in the context of the INKA BB project component dedicated to the adaptation of administrative nature conservation to climate change (funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research, BMBF).


Pierre Ibisch acknowledges the research professorship ‘Biodiversity and natural resource management under global change’ awarded by Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, which allowed the opportunity to dedicate research time and effort towards the project.


The photographs on this webpage have all been taken by members or affiliates of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management, especially Pierre Ibisch, Christina Lehmann and Christoph Nowicki.


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