A collaborative viewpoint paper on ES indicators has been published in Ecological Indicators. Feel free to read this open access paper here. This paper is the result of a highly successful and interactive double session during the European ES Conference in Antwerp (2016). The session featured well-prepared and well-structured presentations and a vivid discussion of 45 minutes at the end. Thanks to the presentations as well as additional information provided by the presenters, we have been able to write this viewpoint paper, lead by Alexander van Oudenhoven. It features personal findings from researchers involved in 7 case studies, as well as key findings from the literature on ecosystem service indicator selection criteria.
We are happy to be hosting a session on ‘Ecosystem Service Indicators to assess social-ecological systems’ during the ESP Europe conference (October 14-19, 2018). Our session will be held on Wednesday morning, October 17th, from 9.00-13.00. We have accepted 12 exciting abstracts, and researchers will have plenty of time to share their findings. We end the session, as always, with a broader discussion on recurring themes, a joint paper, the TWG3, envisioned outputs and further collaboration. The book of abstracts can be found here.
ESP Conference Outputs
- Session during 2018 Latin America ESP conference: From data repositories to ecosystem services assessments – mind the gap Book of Abstracts, Presentations
- Session during 2018 European ESP conference: Ecosystem service Indicators to assess social-ecological systems Book of abstracts, Presentations
- Viewpoint paper in Ecological Indicators (open access, published 2018) based on the 2016 European ESP conference. Free download here.
- Session during 2016 European ESP conference: Ecosystem service indicators: what you measure is what you get? Book of abstracts, Presentations
- Session during 2015 8th ESP World conference: Essential Ecosystem Variables Book of abstracts, Presentations
Envisioned activities and outputs
Why do we need a working group and what do we see as a working group? This group has always had a long list of interested people, but we think constituting a working group should go beyond e-mails sent by a few individuals. We envision active collaboration, both during and outside of ESP conferences, for instance through:
- Organising workshop sessions with equal time for presentations and discussion / co-writing / sharing.
- Writing reflection / position papers or commentaries.
- Organising workshops and seminars outside ESP conferences on specific topics (e.g. criteria, NEAs, specific geographical regions)
- Writing research proposals together
- Conducting structured, combined reviews and/or meta-analyses on above-mentioned questions, especially on ‘What are we really measuring?’
- Sharing knowledge – providing overviews of recent and key publications and project outputs or initiatives with strong focus on indicators
- Sharing TWG3 news through a list server that has been set up in 2016, and allows anybody to chip in