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ESP Update 02/2017

February 24, 2017                                  Nr. of recipients: 2782

Dear Subscriber,

In this issue you will find news on the upcoming ESP world conference, updates from our working groups, the ESP Services feature, as well as news, events, vacancies and calls for collaboration from within our network. 

ESP World Conference 2017

11-15 December
The preparations for the 9th ESP World conference in China in December are in full swing. The overarching theme this year will likely focus on the role of ecosystem services in ecosystem restoration and nature based solutions in natural, rural and urban areas. ESP is proud to present the new conference website:

Call for session proposals

Hereby we would like to call for session proposals. We encourage all ESP Working Groups, Regional Chapters and National Networks to use the occasion to get together. Of course, also other proposals not directly related to a working group are welcome, especially related to Ecosystem Restoration and Nature based Solutions which will probably be the main conference themes. We already received several interesting ideas from among others the Natural Capital Project, FAO and several ESP Working Groups.
Session proposals can be submitted through the online session proposal submission form before the 30 April deadline.

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"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 likely focus on the role of ecosystem services in ecosystem restoration and nature based solutions in natural, rural and urban areas.
For information on the conference:;  For information on ESP:"

Outcomes 2016 ESP Conferences

Blog post by ESPA: Defining Poverty Is Vital If You Want To Fix It
This blog post was inspired by one of the special sessions at the European Ecosystem Services Conference, held last September in Antwerp, Belgium. The ESPA researchers attending the conference were looking at ecosystems at a global level, and more specifically in the context of helping poorer communities across the world. Click here to read the full blog.

Results 2016 ESP Conference Surveys 
2016 was the first year the ESP organised regional conferences, and with great success. Over the course of the year we welcomed more than 1300 participants on 4 different continents. To learn from this year ESP has compiled a survey report consisting of survey results of the four conferences. The report of the survey will be made available on this page.

ESP Working Groups, National Networks & Regional Chapters

BWG 1 on Marine systems updated their pages. Read more. 

Members of  BWG 5 on Mediterranean systems participated at the XIV MEDECOS & AEET meeting in Seville, January 2017. Read more.

Get involved! 

Start the year by joining one of our working groups and/or National Networks! Just send an email to the current Lead Team and/or to the ESP Secretariat.



The ESP secretariat believes that the ESP SERVICES are vital to ESP’s mission. They provide important information to the ESP members on case studies, key sites, toolkits, guidelines, training and education materials, networking opportunities, and more. We would like to use the monthly update to showcase a different ESP SERVICE each month.

Guidelines and toolkits

Canadian Ecosystem Services Toolkit now online 

On behalf of a Government Task Force on "Value of Nature to Canadians", Susan Preston and Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne developed a toolkit for planning and undertaking an ecosystem services assessment and the analyses that contribute to such an assessment. The Toolkit is freely available for download

It is a living document so all users are encouraged to share insights from their use of it, to inform future editions. Please contact


Examples: successful application of ES


One question we often get (and we are sure you do as well) is if and how the ES-concept helps to achieve sustainability. Is it really making a difference? We want to develop a repository of success-stories which members can query when they get these questions, or are just curious themselves. Please send your suggestions (publications, interviews, video’s etc.) to info@es-partnership.orgWe will soon create a new webpage for this SERVICE.

ALSO: if you are interested to help coordinate this and/or other SERVICES please let us know by sending an email to

Other News

  • From 27-31 March 2017 the Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum will take place in Brisbane, Australia. Read more and register.
  • Bioengineering, stakeholder participation and ES valuation protect salt marshes in the lagoon of Venice. Read more.
  • Call for Papers: Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference sustainable infrastructure. Read more.
  • WWF Call for proposals: modelling potential global socio-economic impacts of future changes in biodiversity and ES. Read more.
  • BES and BESS Symposium: Advances in Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Cardiff. Read more.
  • PhD position: Ecosystem Services: Quantification, Modeling, Mapping and Assessment. Read more.
  • PhD position in Socio-Cultural Dynamics of Ecosystem Services. Read more.
  • Call for abstracts session Social-Ecological Systems and participatory methods for sustainable landscape management. Read more.
  • Announcing the funding of £15,000 for the Regional Studies Association Policy Expos. Read more.
  • Stakeholder Day at IPBES-5. 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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