Central Asia comprises a vast area stretching from the Western Siberian lowlands to the Tian Shan and Pamir mountain ranges and from the Altai to the Caspian Sea. Its topography is characterized by vast deserts and mountainous regions. In total, 20 percent of the approximately four million square kilometres that make up Central Asia is covered by mountains. The region’s location in the centre of the Eurasian landmass, far from humid ocean currents, determines its arid climate and results in a rich diversity of landscapes,with more than twenty different ecosystems. [Read more…] about Outlook on climate change adaptation in the Central Asian mountain ecosystems
2018 ESP Asia Conference, 8-12 October
The 2018 ESP Asia conference will be held from 9-12 October 2018, in Dehradun, India. The theme of the conference is “Communicating and Engaging Ecosystem Services in Policy and Practice in Asia”. The call for abstract is NOW OPEN! Please take a look at session overview and submit your abstracts until 25 June 2018.
2018 DMZ International Forum, 6-7 Sept
2018 DMZ International Forum will be held on 6-7 Sept, in Gyeonggi province, Republic of Korea. This forum is jointly organized by Gyeonggi Provincial Government and ESP Asia Regional Office. The theme is “Connecting People and Nature for Peace : Protected Areas and Sustainable Development in DMZ areas”.
The South-East Europe Regional chapter and Bulgarian National Network of ESP are organizing a special session “Ecosystem services as a tool for smart solutions of human-environmental problems” at the International conference “Smart Geography” to be held in Sofia University, Bulgaria, 2-4 November 2018. The session aims to bring together researcher from different disciplines to discuss techniques for spatial modelling and mapping ecosystem services as well as their application in decision making. Researchers and practitioners are invited to share their experience in different spatial aspects of ecosystem services. The deadline for abstract submission is June 30. [Read more…] about ES as a tool for smart solutions – a special session at Smart Geography conference
Recently, Ana Paula García-Nieto and other colleagues of the ESP Mediterranean Biome Working group published an analysis of the “Impacts of urbanization around Mediterranean cities: Changes in ecosystem service supply”. For eight European and four North African cities, we have quantified changes in peri-urban land cover, for periods of sixteen years (1990–2006) in the Northern African, and twenty-two years (1990–2012) in the European cities. Based on land cover changes and using an expert based method, we derived quantitative estimates of the dynamics in the supply of twenty-seven ecosystem services. [Read more…] about New publication on the impacts of urbanization in ES supply by members of the ESP Mediterranean WG
This special issue explores ES oriented concepts, methodologies and models addressing environmental and socio-economic drivers of change that are responsible for alterations in ES supply, this also embraces integration of ES into risk and (cumulative) impact assessment. Contributions are horizontal to all biomes (terrestrial, freshwater and marine) and cover all geographical scales (regional to global). Submission deadline 31 July. [Read more…] about Call for Papers in STOTEN: Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment