The Ecosystem Services Partnership aims to facilitate discussion and cooperation amongst those working in the field of ecosystem services, and its members especially. In order to do so, ESP has organised international conferences annually since 2008. As of 2015 ESP shifted to a bi-annual cycle for the World Conferences, with Regional conferences in the in between year.
In order to enable as many ecosystem services professionals around the globe to join and share knowledge, we shift the location of our international conferences to a different continent each year. In this way, we strengthen ties between professionals from all over the world, so best practices in the field of ecosystem services can be shared and ideally implemented elsewhere.
Are you interested in hosting an ESP world or regional conference? See the call for expression of interest here.
In the period 2020/2021 we will be organising a series of regional conferences. Several regional conferences have already been announced:
- 3rd ESP Europe Conference, 7-10 June 2021, Tartu, Estonia
- 2nd ESP MENA Conference, 1-3 September 2021, Agadir, Morocco
- 3rd ESP Africa Conference, 7-10 December 2021, Musanze, Rwanda
- 3rd ESP Asia Conference, December 2021, Nagasaki, Japan
- ACES-ESP Conference, 13-16 December 2021, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
- 4th ESP Europe Conference, Spring 2022, Greece
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, several of the dates have been changed. For most up-to-date information, please visit each conference website.
Suggestions for other regional conferences are welcome, especially from regions not mentioned above. If you are interested in organising an ESP regional conference in 2020/2021, you can express interest by filling out this form and sending it to [email protected].
3rd ESP Europe Conference
7-10 June, Tartu, Estonia 2021
Our next regional conference for Europe will take place in Tartu, Estonia under the theme Ecosystem Service Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes.
Registration is open now! Find out more about it and register on this page. Deadline for Early Bird: 22 April 2021.
During this conference, pre-conference trainings will be organised. This is a unique opportunity for conference participants to acquire new skills or sharpen existing ones. Find a list of the training sessions here. If you would like to provide a pre-conference training, please contact us at [email protected].
2nd ESP MENA Conference
1-3 September, Agadir, Morocco
Our second conference for the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region with theme Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services into regional and national policies in the Middle East and Northern Africa will take place in Agadir, Morocco.
You can still submit a late session proposal. We encourage everyone who is working in the field of ecosystem services as a scientist/researcher, policy-maker or practitioner to submit a session proposal. Check the call for sessions page for more information and to submit your proposal.
3rd ESP Africa Conference
7-10 December 2021, Musanze, Rwanda
After Kenya and Togo, the ESP Africa conference moves to Rwanda for its third edition, Ecosystem services for the future: Delivering value for Nature, Livelihoods and Economic Investment. We encourage everyone who is working in the field of ecosystem services as a scientist/researcher, policy-maker or practitioner to submit a session proposal. The call for sessions is officially closed, if you would like to submit a late session to the program please get in touch.
Call for abstracts is now OPEN! You can learn more and submit an abstract on this page.
3rd ESP Asia Conference
December 2021, Nagasaki, Japan
Our third conference for Asia will take place in December, under the theme Eco-health and ecosystem services in Asia: Bottom-up aspects for planetary health.
The call for session proposals will be open soon. ESP conferences are open to both ESP members and non-members. Everyone who works on Ecosystem Services will be very welcome to submit a session proposal.
Keep an eye on the event website for the latest updates!
13-16 December 2021, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
The ACES 2020 conference focuses on linking state-of-the-art science, practice, and decision making by bringing together the ecosystem services community and decision makers from around the United States and the globe. The conference which was to take place in December 2020 is now postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An ACES webinar took place on 13-16 December 2020 as a preview for the upcoming conference.
Read more about this conference on the official website.
Call for expression of interest for hosting regional conferences 2020/2021 and ESP 11th World Conference 2022
To further strengthen and grow our network globally, we will organise a new round of regional conferences in 2020 and 2021. Interested in organising an ESP regional conference in 2020/2021? You can express interest by filling out this form and sending it to [email protected].
In 2022 it is time to get together again with the global community for the 11th ESP World Conference. We are currently looking for a suitable location and local partners. If you are interested in hosting the 11th ESP World Conference, please fill out this expression of interest form and send it to [email protected].
ESP 10th World Conference
ESP hosted the 10th ESP World Conference in Hannover, Germany from 21-25 October 2019. The theme of the anniversary conference was 10 years advancing ecosystem services science, policy and practice for a sustainable future. We welcomed over 750 delegates from more than 65 countries worldwide, making this the biggest ESP conference to date. You can read more about ESP10 here. The proceedings are available online.
The first ever ESP conference was held in 2008, and since then many global and regional conferences have been organised by the partnership across. Find out more about the previous ESP conferences on this page.
You can find all conference pictures on ESP’s official Flickr page.