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ESP Update 04/2017

April 19, 2017                                  Nr. of recipients: 2814

Dear Subscriber,

With this update we would like to provide you with an overview of the latest developments within our Partnership.

ESP World Conference 2017: Shenzhen, China

11-15 December

The central theme of the upcoming world conference will be “Ecosystem Services for Eco-civilization: Restoring connections between people and landscapes through nature-based solutions”. The conference keynotes will highlight diverse aspects of this overarching theme; the program and break-out sessions will largely be determined by the participants and provide ample space for the many ESP working groups, national networks and SERVICES-teams to get together and bring the Ecosystem Services science, policy and practice further.

Call for Sessions

30 April is the deadline for the submission of session proposals. We encourage anyone interested in hosting a session to submit a proposal by that date. Proposals submitted after this deadline will still be considered but chances of acceptance will decrease due to limited availability of session-slots. Please submit your session proposals through the online session proposal submission form. Click here for more information about session proposals.

Why Shenzhen, China?

China has a rapidly expanding community of scientists who publish innovative ES work in international journals. A growing number of policy-makers and practitioners use the ecosystem services approach to achieve a more sustainable and eco-friendly society. In and near Shenzhen there are many examples of these initiatives; hosting the ESP9 conference there provides a unique opportunity to share experiences and discuss opportunities and incentives to use the ecosystem services approach for ecosystem restoration and sustainable, nature-based-solutions in terrestrial and marine natural, rural and urban areas.
Loess Plateau
Loess Plateau, image credit: Yan Jinmin

Promote the conference

Please forward this message widely in your network(s) (or simply forward this UPDATE):

“The 9th World Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will be held in Shenzhen, China 11-15 December 2017. The conference will facilitate a broad range of topics on the latest state-of-the-art on the science, policy and practice of Ecosystem Services. The overarching theme this year will be 
“Ecosystem Services for Eco-civilization: Restoring connections between people and landscapes through nature-based solutions”. For information on the conference:;  for information on ESP:"


Sponsor ESP9

ESP strives to maintain the conference fees as low as possible. In order to do so, we depend on sponsors. Click here to read more on sponsorship options and benefits.

ESP Working Groups, National Networks & Regional Chapters

There are no announcements from the WGs and NNs this month. If you would like to highlight or share your work, please send a message to the ESP Secretariat.

Get involved! 

Become active in our community by joining one of our working groups and/or national networks! Just follow the link on the group page of your preference or request for group membership on the ESP member portal. Inform the ESP Secretariat when your request is not answered within two weeks.


Network analysis

There is a rapidly growing number of organisations explicitly using the ES concept in science, policy and practice. In addition to our own (ESP) member organisations we want to facilitate interaction between these organisations to stimulate collaboration, enhance complementarity and avoid duplication. An initial overview can be found here. but we would like to make this overview more complete and develop an interactive database. If you know of other organisations not listed there, please send an email to

Other News

  • TESSA Webinar for Ecosystem Services Partnership. Read more.
  • ACES 2018: Save the date. Read more.
  • Alter-NET conference, Ghent, Belgium. Read more.
  • Webinar: How Natural Capital Assessments Can Help Businesses Make Better Decisions. Read more.
  • Vacancy: Postdoctoral Associate position with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University. Read more.
  • Vacancy: EU Programme Officer Nature Based Solutions (IUCN Brussels). Read more.
  • Vacancy: PhD candidate on big data and conservation. Read more.
For an up-to-date list of news items, vacancies, collaboration calls and upcoming events visit the ESP website. Please send any news items you would like to share with the Partnership to ESP Support team.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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