Last month a workshop was held to revitalize the framework of the actors engaged in the conservation of biodiversity and management of natural resources in South Kivu in Democratic Republic of Congo DRC, aiming at bringing together between researchers and practitioners. Under the financial support of National Geographic Society and WWF, the workshop brought together environmental stakeholders in South Kivu, including the provincial ministry of the environment, the Governor’s Environmental Adviser, Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (PNKB and RNI), a group of international and local conservation NGOs, and selected Universities and Institutes working in the conservation of biodiversity. [Read more…] about Workshop on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in South Kivu, DRC
Did you know that by the end of 2020, we will for the first time ever have a national-level estimate of the economic value of Lebanon’s forest ecosystem services? And that, by 2021, Lebanon plans to be one of the few (or possibly the only) countries in the region who will be piloting payment for ecosystem services? These breakthroughs in forest information and conservation approaches in the Arab region are being led by the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative (LRI), a Lebanese NGO that aims at conserving and expanding Lebanon’s forests through a community-based approach and public-private partnerships. [Read more…] about Ecosystem Service Valuation in Lebanon
The first week of March, members of the BWG5 took part in the first lead author’s meeting of the MedECC report in Milán, Italy. The network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) is preparing a report on the current status and potential impacts of climate change in ecosystems of the Mediterranean basin using the most recent scientific evidence (there is a strong focus on the impacts of climate change on ecosystem service provision and human wellbeing). [Read more…] about Members of the ESP Mediterranean working group participated in the First Lead Author’s meeting of the MedECC report.
Members of the BWG5 will host a session in the upcoming 2019 ESP World conference about “integration of methodological approaches to evaluate ecosystem services’ dynamics”. Come and join us to present your work about how the integration of multiple approaches can help to improve assessments of ecosystem services in complex socio-ecological systems. Our session will include different oral presentations and an interactive discussion for developing more solid and robust assessments in this specific socio-ecological context in the future. Besides, anyone interested in contributing to the Mediterranean ecosystem services working group is also very welcome to participate in the session. We are particularly looking forward to discussing with colleagues from ESP working groups on mapping, modeling and indicators. The call for abstracts is open now and until 10th June.
We kindly invite you to the Interdisciplinary Summerschool on Integrating Ecosystem Services into Urban Planning, which will take place in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, 3rd week of June 2019.
News frequently report about “European heat wave”, “natural disaster”, or “species extinction”. Such issues are the consequences of urbanization and land use intensification; they show how far we are apart from a sustainable use of nature. These challenges can be counteracted by two innovative concepts, namely on ecosystem services and green infrastructure.
This summer school is going to share the existing knowledge about ecosystem services and green infrastructure. [Read more…] about Interdisciplinary Summerschool on Integrating Ecosystem Services into Urban Planning