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ESP Update 2015/11


November 30, 2015                                Nr. of recipients: 2056

Dear ESP members and friends,

Hereby we provide you with an update for ESP members and friends about the latest developments within the Partnership.

1. ESP8 Conference South Africa, 9-15 November 2015

The ESP8 conference was a success with nearly 400 participants from 57 countries. Photos of the conference can be viewed here, some photos will still be added.
All ESP8 presentations will be uploaded (in PDF) onto our website. You will be informed when these are made available.
We are happy with the ESP8 social media outreach we achieved. In total 2,188 tweets about the conference were sent out, reaching an audience of 483,227 people worldwide.
Once again we would like to thank the Department of Environmental Affairs South Africa for hosting and co-organising the ESP8 conference, and sponsoring the welcome reception. Also, we would like to thank Bioversity International for their sponsorship, ESP8 participants enjoyed the wine you offered.

2. Regional conferences

Next year (2016) there will be no ESP World conference, but instead the Regional Chapters are encouraged to organise Regional ESP conferences and many are already planned.
So please save the following dates:
  • Asia: South Korea, 30 May-3 June;
  • Europe: Antwerp, Belgium, 19-23 September;
  • Africa: Kenya, 21-25 November;
  • North America: Florida, 5-9 December.
Also the Regional Chapters in Latin America and Oceania are planning a conference, but no dates have been set yet.

3. ESP Working Group activities

  • YESS, the Young ES Specialists of the ES-Partnership released their newsletter. Click here to read more about their latest activities.
  • SWG 5 - Ecosystem Services in Business updated its Activities & Outputs page. Click here to read more about their recent activities. 

4. Other news

  • The new version of the MapNat ecosystem service mapping smartphone App is ready. Click here to learn more.
  • EU’s Horizon 2020 project ESMERALDA ESMERALDA met key stakeholders from EU member states in Riga. Click here to learn more.
  • We have recently reached 1.1K likes on our Facebook page and nearly 200 followers on Twitter. Thank you for supporting us on our social media channels, stay tuned! 
For an up-to-date list of news items, vacancies, calls for cooperation and upcoming events visit the ESP website. Please send any news items you would like to share with the Partnership to ESP Support team.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you!

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