GINOP Sustainable Ecosystems Group
team leader, scientific advisor
IEB Department of Terrestrial Ecology
molnar.zsolt [at] okologia.mta.hu
+36 28 360-122, 360-147 / 160
Brief description of the main scopes: 

- botanist, ethnoecologist

- member of the IPBES Indigenous and Local Knowledge Task Force

- Coordinating Lead Author in the IPBES Global Assessment

Main interests:

Traditional, indigenous and local ecological knowledge of herders and farmers in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Mongolia and Iran, knowledge co-production with herders and farmers to avoid or resolve conflicts with conservation; traditional land management, perception of landscape change and nature’s contributions to people by locals; conservation management, monitoring using local indicators, conservation and agri-environmental policy; land-use and vegetation history of the Hungarian Plain (1780-present); habitat classifications, actual habitat mapping, trend analysis of Natura 2000 habitats (1783-2013). CV

Main profile in keywords: 
Ethnogeobotany, ethnoecology, traditional ecological knowledge related to vegetation and habitats - Actual vegetation mapping of the territory of Hungary (MÉTA) - Historical landscape ecology
Selected publications:


Fa, JA, Watson, JEM, Leipe, I., Potapov, Evans, Burgess, Molnár, Z., Fernández-Llamazares, Duncan, Wang, Austin, Jonas, Robinson, Malmer, Zander, Jackson, Ellis, Brondizio, Garnett (2020): Importance of Indigenous Peoples’ lands for the conservation of intact forest landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (on-line first)


Díaz, S., Settele, J. Brondízio, E.S., Ngo, H.T., Agard, J., Arneth, A., Balvanera, P., Brauman, K.A., Butchart, S.H.M., Chan, K.M.A., Garibaldi, L.A., Ichii, K., Liu, J., Subramanian, S.M., Midgley, G.F., Miloslavich, P., Molnár, Zs., Obura, D., Pfaff, A., Polasky, S., Purvis, A., Razzaque, J., Reyers, B., Chowdhury, R.R., Shin, Y.J., Visseren-Hamakers, I., Willis, K., Zayas, C.N. (2019): Pervasive human-driven decline of life on Earth points to the need for transformative change. Science 366(6471),eaax3100


Díaz, S., Pascual, U., Stenseke, M., Martín-López, B., Watson, R.T., Molnár, Z., Hill, R., Chan, K.M.A., Baste, I., Brauman, K.A., Polasky, S.S., Church, A., Lonsdale, M., van Oudenhoven, A.P.E., van der Plaat, F., Schröter, M., Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Y., Bukyareva, E., Davies, K., Erpul, G., Failler, P., Guerra, C.A., Hewitt, C.L., Keune, H., Larigauderie, A., Lavorel, S., Leadley, P.W., Lindley, S., Demissew, S. and Y. Shirayama (2018): An inclusive approach to assess nature's contributions to people Science 19 Jan 2018, Vol. 359, Issue 6373, pp. 270-272
Garnett ST, Burgess ND, Fa JE, Fernandez-Llamazares A, Molnar Z, Robinson CJ, Watson JEM, Zander KK, Austin B, Brondizio ES, Collier NF, Duncan T, Ellis E, Geyle H, Jackson MV, Jonas H, Malmer P, McGowan B, Sivongxay A, Leiper I (2018): A spatial overview of the global importance of Indigenous lands for conservation Nature Sustainability 1(7): pp. 369-374.


Molnár Zsolt, Kis József, Vadász Csaba, Papp László, Sándor István, Béres Sándor, Sinka Gábor, Varga Anna (2016): Common and conflicting objectives and practices of herders and conservation managers: the need for a conservation herder Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 2:(4) Paper e01215. 16 p.