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ESP Update 08/2016

August 2, 2016                                        Nr. of recipients: 2599

Dear ESP members and friends,
With this update we would like to provide you with an overview of the latest developments within our Partnership.

1. From the Secretariat

Two months ago we launched the new ESP website. We hope you enjoy all the new features it offers. Also, we would like to encourage all of you to actively use the ESP member portal and the discussion and document sharing opportunities it offers. We invite everyone to create a trial account on the new website, try out the member portal features and send us your feedback! 

To all our registered members - it is very important that you create your trial account as well. It will only take a minute and is essential for our membership system. It is also the only way to take full advantage of the membership benefits. Thank you for helping us move!

If you are not an ESP member yet and you wish to become one, please let us know.

2. From the Executive Committee

The next conference co-organised by ESP is the one in Europe (19-23 Sept) and the EC would like to make use of the opportunity to have a meeting with the members and friends. This meeting is scheduled on Thursday 22 September, in the late afternoon. All members and friends are welcome to send suggestions for the agenda to Dolf de Groot and Martine van Weelden. See the full invitation here.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

3. ESP Conferences

ESP is hosting five regional conferences this year. Some important messages and deadlines are given below:

Asian ESP Conference (30 May – 03 June)

As a result of the Asian ESP conference our colleagues in South Korea have established the ESP Asia Regional office. The office will be officially opened on 22 September. More information will follow soon.
Interested to learn more about this conference? The proceedings of this successful event can be found on the outcome page.  

European ES Conference (19-23 September)

The EU ES conference registration is only open for another month. Please make sure to register for the conference, in order to participate in this unique event.
On Tuesday 20 September, the Ecosystem Services fair will be organized. The fair will be an excellent platform to promote your organization. We can still accommodate some more stands, please check the call for stands in order to obtain one.
The book of abstracts will be made available online after 15 August.

Latin American ESP Conference (18-21 October)


With over 135 abstracts received, the first Latin American ESP conference promises to be an interesting and well-attended event. The submitted abstracts are currently under review. We try to inform all abstract submitters about acceptance before 19 August.
It’s now possible to register for the conference. The Early Bird registration deadline is 26 August. We offer several sponsorship opportunities for organizations which would like to promote themselves during the Latin American ESP conference. Please contact us, if you are interested in one of these opportunities.


African ESP Conference (21-25 November)

Abstract submission for the African ESP conference is open until 22 August. Please submit an abstract to one of the sessions through the online abstract submission form before this date.
The conference registration will open 8 August. Please check the registration page for more information.
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ACES-ESP Conference (5-9 December)

ESP World Conference 2017

The call for expressions-of-interest to organize the 9th ESP World Conference in 2017 is out. Deadline for sending in your pre-proposal is 15 September. Find more information here.

Help spread the word and find sponsors!
Please feel free to forward this Update to people in your network to alert them to these conferences.
Help us find sponsorship for this year’s regional conferences. We offer various sponsorship options and benefits. If you have any questions about the sponsorship or suggestions for potential sponsors, send us an email We appreciate your support!

4. ESP Working Groups, National Networks & Regional Chapters

We are currently updating the classification and lead-teams of the ESP working groups. WG-members are still welcome to send input regarding this. If you are not a group member yet, feel free to join one or more working groups of your interest.

Right now it is not possible for group leads to edit the website pages of their groups. We are working on sorting this out. In the meantime we are happy to edit the pages for you, so please contact us.

5. Other News

  • Several new vacancy announcements from members of our network. Among them many PhD or Postdoc positions. See them here.
  • Webinar: The IPBES Values Guide, 16:00-17:00 CEST, 9 August. Read more.
  • New Handbook on biodiversity and ES in impact assessment. Read more.
  • Free Online Course: Food and Our Future: Sustainable Food Systems in Southeast Asia. Read more. 
  • First Natural Capital Protocol launched last month. Read more.
  • SEV VESPLAN website gives visual journey to vulnerable socio-ecosystems. Take a look at the galleries and contribute with your own pictures. Read more.
  • Natural Capital Symposium, 20-23 March, 2017. 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.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you!

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