At the 8th ESP World conference in 2015, ESP decided to organize ESP World conferences bi-annually, and regional conferences in the intermediate years. The aim of these regional conferences is to enable people from all around the world to share ecosystem services knowledge and strengthen local networks.
Upcoming regional conferences
In the period 2020/2021/2022 we are organising a series of regional conferences. The regional conferences for Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe already took place (more information below). Here are the regional conferences still to come:
- 2nd ESP MENA Conference, 1-3 September 2021, Agadir, Morocco
- 3rd ESP Africa Conference, 7-10 December 2021, Musanze, Rwanda
- 3rd ESP Asia Conference, 15-17 December 2021, Nagasaki, Japan (online)
- ACES-ESP Conference, 13-16 December 2021, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA
- 4th ESP Europe Conference, Fall 2022, Heraklion, Greece
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].
2nd ESP MENA Conference
1-3 September 2021, 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.
Concluded conferences 2020/2021
Below find more information about the two conferences from the current regional conference cycle which already took place – the 3rd ESP Latin America and Caribbean conference and the 3rd ESP Europe Conference. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the planning for both of these conferences required some major changes – the ESP LAC took place fully online, and the ESP Europe had to be postponed, and finally took place in a ybrid format.
3rd ESP Latin America and Caribbean Conference
25-27 November 2020, Mexico City, Mexico
The 3rd ESP regional conference for the Latin America and the Caribbean region was organised between 25-27 November 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. The conference took place online and the theme was Transcending the study of Ecosystem Services towards Transdiscipline and Incidence. The list of sessions and presentations is available here.
Learn more about the conference at the offical website.
3rd ESP Europe Conference
7-10 June 2021, Tartu, Estonia
The 3rd European ESP Conference took place in Tartu, Estonia under the theme Ecosystem Service Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes. This was our first ever hybrid conference, with participants joining through a digital platform and in person at the Estonian University of Life Sciences in Tartu.
The conference proceedings, including recordings of the sessions and plenaries, are available here.
Regional ESP conferences 2018/2019
The previous cycle of regional conferences included:
- ESP MENA Conference, 22-25 April 2018, Dead Sea, Jordan
- ESP Asia Conference, 9-13 October 2018, Dehradun, India
- ESP Europe Conference, 15-19 October 2018, in San Sebastian, Spain
- ESP Latin America and the Caribbean, 22-25 October 2018, Conference in Campinas, Brazil
- ESP Africa Conference, 17-20 June 2019, Kpalime, Togo
On 3-6 December 2018 our colleagues from A Community for Ecosystem Services held the ACES 2018 Conference in Washington DC, USA.
On 2-6 September 2019 our colleagues from the Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum held the OESF 2019 Conference in Otautachi (Christchurch), Aotearoa New Zealand.
Find out more on our Previous Conferences page.
Regional ESP conferences 2016
ESP regional conferences took place in 2016 for the first time on four different continents: Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa. Check the previous conferences for more information. Also in North America the bi-annual conference with ACES was held.
To learn from this year ESP has compiled a survey report consisting of survey results of the four conferences. Read the survey report regional conferences 2016.
Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum
From 27-31 March 2017 the Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum took place in Brisbane, Australia. Learn more at the official website of the event.