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Welcome to the new Ecosystem Services Partnership website

We are happy to welcome you to the new Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) website! Responding to feedback collected from the ESP community over the past years, we have worked hard to create an improved web environment which:

  • is easy to search and navigate;
  • offers a dynamic and user friendly community portal, where members can connect, exchange documents and work together;
  • allows Working Groups and National Networks to showcase their work on the website.

You will be able to find all the key information which has always been available on the ESP page, along with the new ESP member Portal. The portal offers the opportunities to set up a personal profile, connect to fellow ESP-ers, join in discussions, share files, links or videos, work on joint documents, and more. Everyone can try out all the new features by using the free trial account option until 1 November.

We are still smoothing out some things – some links may still not work and many of the pages are under construction – so please bear with us for the next few days! If you notice a broken link or anything else that does not work, we will be happy to hear your feedback. See how you can contact us.

Online survey: Essential Variables describing the functioning of social-ecological systems

E&SEFT Project: “Ecosystem & Socio-Ecosystem Functional Types: integrating biophysical and social functions to characterize and map the ecosystems of the Anthropocene”. Please, feel free to click on the link to know about project goals, scientists involved, and other partners.

The E&SEFT Project is led by the University of Granada (Spain) and aims to develop a new approach for characterizing and mapping social-ecological systems using functional characteristics and attributes.

Firstly, the project aims to identify the key processes that define the functioning of social-ecological systems, both from the ecological and social dimension. To do so, they are working on creating a list of the Essential Social-Ecological Functional Variables (ESEFVs). Read more

Invitation to fifth session of IPBES Plenary

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) invites its member states and observers to the fifth session of the IPBES Plenary, which will take place from 6 to 10 March 2017, in Bonn, Germany. On Monday, 6 March, regional consultations and the stakeholder day will be held. The opening of the fifth session of the IPBES Plenary will take place on Tuesday, 7 March, at 10 am. The session is scheduled to close on Friday, 10 March 2017.  Read more

UAntwerp to host first conference on ecosystem services from 19 to 23 September

Nature lends a hand

Helping nature to help us: that is the main idea behind the first European conference on ecosystem services. Between 19 and 23 September, more than 500 participants from all over the world will make their way to the University of Antwerp to debate and learn more about how nature contributes to human well-being and vice versa.

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External review of the IPBES draft scoping report of the thematic assessment of the sustainable use of biodiversity

In decision IPBES-4/1, the Plenary requested the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, in consultation with the Bureau, to undertake a further scoping of the thematic assessment of the sustainable use of biodiversity initiated pursuant to decision IPBES-3/1, by: 1) organizing a workshop of experts to produce a revised draft, 2) organizing an open review of this draft, and 3) preparing a revised scoping report for consideration by the Plenary at its fifth session. Read more

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