About us


The mission of the Department of Environment is to perform top-quality research to better understand, value, map, and manage the world’s natural resources. This research is oriented at the functioning and management of pristine and human-altered terrestrial ecosystems worldwide and this in the context of societal relevant themes like climate change, sustainable food production, land degradation and biodiversity conservation. There is a particular focus on the integrated management of the biotic (plants, animals) and abiotic (soil, water) elements for the delivery of multiple ecosystem services.

In this context, the ultimate target is to strive for a sustainable stewardship of the world’s natural capital.

Head of department

Professor Kris Verheyen

Department secretary