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ESP Update 03/2017

March 28, 2017                                  Nr. of recipients: 2802

Dear Subscriber,

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

ESP World Conference 2017: Shenzhen, China

11-15 December

We are looking forward to our 9th World Conference at the end of the year. Hereby some important announcements:

Calling for session proposals. We are counting on you, the global ESP community, to develop an interesting  program and move the science-policy-and practice of Ecosystem Services forward. Anyone interested in hosting a session is welcome to submit a proposal. More information about session proposals can be found here. Session proposals can be submitted through the online session proposal submission form before the 30 April deadline

Sponsoring is very welcome so we can keep the conference fee as low as possible. Click here for further information on sponsoring options.

We will soon put a draft-program online and welcome your active participation in drafting the program, identifying key-note speakers and other program elements.

Spread the word: 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 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:"

ESP Asia Regional Office 

On 23 February the ESP Asia Regional Office had its first meeting with Korean agencies to develop a collaboration agenda for applying ES approaches into national policies and practices in the field. This meeting will be held regularly throughout the year 2017 before the ESP World Conference. If you are interested in joining, please contact us at

During the ESP World Conference in China, the Asian regional Forum will be held in collaboration with Asian National Networks. We will contact the representatives of Asian ESP NN for gathering suggestions and collecting exemplary cases of ES policy application. The compiled ES policy cases will be shared through the ESP member portal later. For details, please contact


ESP Working Groups, National Networks & Regional Chapters

We are happy to announce ESP's newest National Network in Jordan led by Oliver Schlein and Farid Musmar. Please click here to learn about their activities and plans.

TWG 17 on ES Accounting & Greening the economy has a new lead member: Alessandra La Notte of the Joint Research Centre. The group also updated its page: click here to read about their new objectives.

Get involved! 

Interested in 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.

ESP Executive Committee

There is an interim-vacancy in the Executive Committee for approximately 1 year until the next  elections. All members ‘in good standing’ are eligible but must be nominated by an EC or SC member. In case you are interested, or want to nominate someone else, please contact one of the Executive Committee or Steering Committee members.

Deadline: April 15


We want to develop a repository of success-stories which members can query when they get questions, or are just curious themselves. Please send your suggestions (publications, interviews, video’s etc.) to We 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

New Publications


Other News

  • Call for abstracts: Transition to Sustainable Systems. Read more.
  • Opportunities for students and early career researchers. Read more.
  • ALTER-Net summer school "Biodiversity, ecosystem services: science and its impact on policy and society”: Registration is open. Read more.
  • New issue of TEEB newsletter: TEEBrief. Read more.
  • New issue of YESS newsletter. 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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