Our vision

Ecosystem Services are defined as all aspects of ecosystems that contribute to human well-being. This well-being includes aspects related to basic needs such as food and raw materials, protection against environmental hazards, regulation of ecological processes and cultural and spiritual values. This vision has been adopted as a framework in ecosystems and landscapes management, conserving its components and functions mainly for the benefit of humans but including their intrinsic existence value as well. Our group is dedicated to the assessment and mapping of different ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration, flood control, cultural heritage and recreation potential.

servicios ecosistémicos

In this research line we are developing ECOSER, a colaborative protocol for the assessment and mapping of ecosystem services. This protocol was designed as a tool to support decision making in land-use plans.

To access ECOSER website click here.

Ongoing projects
Modelado participativo de socio ecosistemas
2016-2019. Participative modeling of socio-ecosystems for the governance of natural capital and its ecosystem services


DIRECTOR: Pedro Laterra

atardecer en bosque chaqueño
2016-2018. PASANOA: Pathways to sustainable land management in Northern Argentina

FUNDING: Ministerio de Educación e Investigación de Alemania

DIRECTOR: Tobías Kuemmerle

bosque chaqueño
2016-2018. Native forests, ecoystem services and human wellbeing in argentinian Northern Dry Chaco: and interdisciplinary approach to vulnerability and socio-ecological conflicts


DIRECTOR: Matías Mastrangelo

Turistas rurales haciendo observacion de aves
2016-2018. Towards multifunctional landscapes: rural tourism as an integrator of ecosystem services of food production, recreation and habitat provision for wildlife

FUNDING: Fondo Para la Conservación Ambiental (FOCA) - Banco Galicia, FONCYT PICT 2015-0647

DIRECTOR: Federico Weyland

logo proyecto Best P
2013-2018. Bridging Ecosystem Services and Territorial Planning (BEST-P): A southern South American initiative.

FUNDING: Programa CNR3 del IAI (Inter American Institute for Studies on Global Change).

DIRECTOR: José M. Paruelo

Past projects
Bosque con sucesión secundaria en agroecosistema pampeano
2016-2017. Biodiversity refuges in agroecosystems: research-action for the recovery of ecosystem functions

FUNDING: Programa de Cooperativismo y Economía Social en la Universidad - Ministerio de Educación de la Nación

DIRECTOR: Federico Weyland

2015-2016. Valuing ecosystem services and landscape multifunctionality in the Semiarid Chaco: conceptual and methodological constributions for land-use planning


DIRECTOR: Matías Mastrangelo

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2013-2016. Thematic network “Vulnerability, Ecosystem Services and Rural Land Planning (VESPLAN)”.

FUNDING: Programa Iberoamericano de Ciencia y Tecnología para el Desarrollo (CYTED).

DIRECTOR: Pedro Laterra. 11 grupos de investigación de 8 países.

paisaje rural balcarce
2013-2015. Land-use complementarity and synergism between ecosystem services in multifunctional rural landscapes.


DIRECTOR: Pedro Laterra

frontera soja bosque en Chaco
2013-2015. Conserving Dry Tropical Forests on Agricultural Frontiers of the Gran Chaco.

FUNDING: The Rufford Foundation

DIRECTOR: Matías Mastrangelo

vaca en sistema silvopastoril del Chaco
2012-2014. Evaluation of ecosystem services and rural landscape multifunctionality.

FUNDING: Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. AGR 389/12.

DIRECTOR: Pedro Laterra

The members of GEAP believe that our academic research must reach out to society. In the ecosystem services reseach line, our link with society is given through the following activities.

Nest boxes for barn owls: a way of promoting biological control of rodents
Lechuza de los campanarios. Foto (c)Pablo Dolsan

Rodents in the rural areas cause problems by transmiting diseases like hantavirus, argentine hemorragic fever and leptospirosis. Their control by chemical means implies risks for rural populations, thus making it preferable to use biological control methods, like predation by barn owls (Tyto alba). By innitiative of a group of associates of Agricultores Federados Argentinos (AFA) we built and installed nest boxes to facilitate the colonization of barn owls in strategic places (home steads, barns, etc.). Students of secondary schools of Santa Fe province built twenty nest boxes and distributed them among members of the cooperative. Along with them, we are monitoring their occupation by barn owls in order to improve the design and assess the important service that these birds offer. This work is possible thanks to the support of the Ministry of Education through its Secretary of University Policy and the cooperative Agricultores Federados Argentinos.

Contruccion de cajas nido por alumno de escuela agrotécnica Instalando cajas nido en un campo Caja nido para lechuza de los campanarios
Collaborating with the conservation of biodiversity in pampean agroecosystems
Folleto refugios biodiversidad

In 2014, as a result of a first contact with Dr Marcos Grigioni, we established a relationship whith the cooperative Agricultores Federados Argentinos (AFA) for the preservation of non-cultivated areas in farms, that can act as sources of biodiversity. We also built and installed nest boxes for barn owls, with the objective of controlling rodents that transmit hemorragic fevers. The initiative, that was originated by the motivation of the Women Group of the cooperative, is supported by the Ministry of Education. The work is carried out with a citizen science approach, where social actors participate in the process of research generating and collecting the information themselves, with the guide of members of GEAP.

El Dr Federico Weyland exponiendo sobre biodiversidad El Dr Marcos Grigioni expone sobre servicios ecosistémicos y salud en el medio rural Cartel en campo con refugios de biodiversidad
Screening of the documentary "GRAN CHACO" under the frame of CISEN4
Afiche proyección Gran Chaco

As part of the Fourth International Congress of Ecosystem Services in the Neotropics (CISEN4) in September 2015 the documentary GRAN CHACO was showed in the Espacio Cultural Unzué at Mar del Plata city. GRAN CHACO (produced by the Faculty of Agronomy of the Universidad de Buenos Aires and directed by Lucas Van Esso) unmasks the socio-environmental conflicts that affect the largest woodland in the world after Amazonia. The activity counted with the presence of the movie director and of renowned researchers, who presented their research after the movie screening.
With the presence of more than 150 atendees, the debate turned on the role of the State, the society and academics over the conservation of this important region.

Lucas Van Esso, director del documental Gran Chaco Debate entre asistentes e investigadores luego de la proyeccion del documental Debate entre asistentes e investigadores luego de la proyeccion del documental
Sistemas socio-ecológicos: caracterización, diagnóstico y planificación

Esta serie de videos fue desarrollada en el marco del proyecto BEST-P y está destinada a un público amplio vinculado al ordenamiento territorial. Tienen como objetivo brindar elementos conceptuales y metodologías para el proceso de ordenamiento, asociándolo al concepto de servicios ecosistémicos. Estos son los videos donde los integrantes del GEAP explican conceptos asociados a sus líneas de investigación.

Sebastián Villarino | Expansión de la frontera agrícola, pérdidas de C y consecuencias sobre funciones y SE

Paula Barral | Mapeo de servicios ecosistémicos con ECOSER

Federico Weyland | Servicios ecosistémicos culturales: el caso de las oportunidades de recreación

Matías Mastrangelo | Aportes de la psicología social al estudio del comportamiento de los productores agropecuarios

Para ver todos los videos del projecto haga click aquí.

Vulnerable socio-ecosystems

Science and art provides a thoughtful and complementary perspective on ecosystems and societies that depend on them for their well-being. This site is intended as a visual journey through societies that are vulnerable by the loss of ecosystem services in the regions they inhabit, and the various strategies they adopt to reduce that vulnerability.

YOU ARE INVITED to cooperate with this initiative of VESPLAN network through its dissemination and with your own photos and reflections. This site has been created to spread cases of vulnerable communities and ecosystems, starting from Latin America but including all continents. In order to reach the widest possible audience, we have prioritized the visual language of the technical details. The corresponding photo galleries for each case are accompanied with very short texts and its geographical location on an interactive map.

To acces the project`s web please click here.

Members of GEAP explain their research lines

Gustavo Giaccio tells about his research on the role of riparian vegetation strips to retain sediments and nutrients.

Matías Mastrangelo tells us about his research with creolle farmers in the Chaco region and biodiversity conservation.

Gisel Booman, former PhD student, tells us about the importance of water bodies in the pampas region for water purification.