Community

ESP hosts an international community of scientists, policymakers, practitioners, stakeholders, and end-users of ecosystem services at local, national, regional and global scale. The partnership fosters collaboration between its members, partners, associated organizations, related networks and society. ESP consists of many different collaboration units (CU’s), groups who work together on a specific topic via our working groups; a specific geographical zone via the regional chapter and national networks; or on the ESP coordinating level. If you are interested in one or more of those CU’s please, have a look at their pages and/or contact their lead team. The collaboration units are grouped in four different groups.

Young ES Specialists, a group of young and/or early career ecosystem service specialists. YESS aims to achieve actual co-operation, explore ideas for innovative research and to gain experience in proposal writing, project management and dissemination.

Working groups

ESP facilitates collaboration on Ecosystem Services related topics via its biome, thematic and sectoral working groups:

  • Biome Working Groups work on ecosystem services in specific biomes such as forests, grasslands and wetlands.
  • Thematic Working Groups members collaborate on ecosystem services related topics, such as indicators, mapping, modeling and valuation.
  • Sectoral Working Groups focus on the relation between ecosystem services and specific sectors / users such as tourism, (agro-)forestry, fisheries, and the conservation community.

Regional Chapters & National Networks

ESP hosts ten regional chapters: they all contain various national networks. Regional Chapters and National Networks exchange information, discuss ideas and experience on ecosystem services assessment and implementation at Regional and National levels. Click here for more information.

Young ES Specialists (YESS)

YESS is a new initiative, started by a group of young and/or early career ecosystem service specialists. The primary aim of the group is to stimulate an exchange of ideas, identify knowledge gaps and improve possibilities for training and capacity building in relation to ecosystem service science and practice. A second focus of this initiative is to develop ideas for ecosystem service related projects and elaborate these into funding proposals. This network aims to achieve actual co-operation, explore ideas for innovative research and to gain experience in proposal writing, project management and dissemination. Click here to go to the YESS pages.

ESP Asia Regional Office

The ESP Asia Regional Office is established in Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea due to active support by the Gyeonggi provincial government and Asian ESP members after the inaugural ESP Asian Regional Conference in 2016. The Asia Office will focus on delivering “nature-based solutions” to achieve ESP goals and initiate demonstration projects in Asia. For more information visit the ESP Asia Regional Office page.