In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and after careful consideration, the Conference Organising Committee, in close consultation with the ESP Steering Committee, has decided to postpone the 3rd ESP Europe Conference to 10-13 May 2021. This decision was taken to ensure that everyone can travel and participate safely. [Read more…] about 3rd ESP Europe Conference postponed to spring 2021
Bonn – Efforts to combat global hunger and malnutrition are increasing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The recently published Global Report on Food Crises 2020, estimates that pre-COVID, 135 million people in 55 countries were facing acute hunger mainly due to conflict, the effects of climate change, and economic crises, according to the U.N. World Food Programme.
Yet, even before the pandemic shutdown began, more than 800,000 people worldwide did not get enough food to eat and about 2 billion people were experiencing malnutrition. The situation is becoming more severe, and U.N. projections indicate that global population will grow over the next 30 years from 7.7 billion to 9.7 billion adding more pressure to the food production system. [Read more…] about GLF Bonn: Food systems in focus at a time of crisis
Lessons learned from a comparative analysis of European case studies
This paper analyses and compares a set of case studies on ecosystem services (ES) mapping and assessment with the purpose of formulating lessons learned and recommendations. Fourteen case studies were selected during the EU Horizon 2020 “Coordination and Support Action” ESMERALDA to represent different policy- and decision-making processes throughout the European Union, across a wide range of themes, biomes and scales. The analysis is based on a framework that addresses the key steps of an ES mapping and assessment process, namely policy questions, stakeholder identification and involvement, application of mapping and assessment methods, dissemination and communication and implementation. [Read more…] about Ecosystem services mapping and assessment for policy- and decision-making
Frontiers in Marine Science launched the Marine Ecosystems Ecology (FMARS-MEE) section in 2014, with a paper that identified eight grand challenges for the discipline (Borja, 2014). Since then, this section has published a total of 370 papers, including 336 addressing aspects of those challenges. As editors of the journal, with a wide range of marine ecology expertise, we felt it was timely to evaluate research advances related to those challenges; and to update the scope of the section to reflect the grand challenges we envision for the next 10 years. This output will match with the United Nations (UN) Decade on Oceans Science for Sustainable Development (DOSSD; Claudet et al., 2020), UN Decade of Ecosystems Restoration (DER; Young and Schwartz, 2019), and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs; Visbeck et al., 2014).
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In October 2019 the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) held its 10th World Conference in Hannover, Germany. An event attended by around 800 participants, quite a difference from the first ESP meeting in 2008, when a small group of ecosystem services experts gathered. This tenth ESP anniversary was good moment to take stock of what the international ecosystem services community has achieved during these years. The author of this commentary has made many, and written a lot about, ecosystem service maps.
The author of this commentary, Louise Willemen, has worked on ecosystem services and rural development issues since 2003. [Read more…] about It’s about time: Advancing spatial analyses of ecosystem services and their application