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ESP April Update

In this month’s issue of the ESP Update you will find updates on the upcoming ESP World Conference, including the rationale behind the location and main theme of the conference “Ecosystem Services for Eco-civilization: Restoring connections between people and landscapes through nature-based solutions”; announcements of ecosystem services events and vacancies, and more. (more…)

Vacancy: a PhD candidate on big data and conservation

The joint research unit for Land, environment, remote sensing and spatial information, Montpellier, France is looking for a PhD candidate to work on Biotic homogenization and patterns of change across gradients of anthropogenic pressures: The use of BIG DATA in answer to conservation needs. The goal of this PhD will be to identify the fundamental changes that are occurring in ecosystems as a result of biotic and environmental homogenization and address the conservation implications of these changes particularly as they relate to the human dimensions within a spatial context.


TESSA Webinar for Ecosystem Services Partnership, 17 May

This webinar will introduce TESSA (the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment). TESSA provides accessible guidance on low-cost methods for how to evaluate the benefits people receive from nature (ecosystem services) at particular sites (e.g.KBAs, community forests, Ramsar sites) in order to generate information that can be used to influence decision making. (more…)

Vacancy: EU Programme Officer Nature Based Solutions (IUCN Brussels)

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN is offering the position of EU Programme Officer Nature Based Solutions.


ACES 2018: Save the date

ACES: A Community on Ecosystem Services, along with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership(ESP), will host the ACES 2018 Conference in Washington DC on December 3-7, 2018. Plan to attend this important meeting that provides an open forum for sharing experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. (more…)

Vacancy: Postdoc position at Michigan State University

Innovative and highly motivated candidates with strong track records of research productivity are invited to apply for a Postdoctoral Associate position with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University. (more…)

Webinar: How Natural Capital Assessments Can Help Businesses Make Better Decisions

In July 2016, the Natural Capital Coalition released the Natural Capital Protocol, the first globally standardized framework for identifying, measuring and valuing natural capital in business. More recently, and in order to connect business with the tools they need to make better decisions, the World Business Council For Sustainable Development developed a Natural Capital Protocol Toolkit.


ALTER-Net Conference 2017: Register by 20 April

The 3rd international ALTER-Net conference is now open. The conference titled ‘Nature and Society: Synergies, conflicts and trade-offs’ will be held in Ghent, from 2-4 May 2017.

Registration deadline: 20 April.


Side-event Green Infrastructure Conference

A side-event of Green Infrastructure Conference Orvieto will be held in Sala Esposizione. Nature-based solutions in urban areas Showcasing success stories from Europe and beyond will be discussed.  (more…)

ESP March Update

In this issue you will find news on the upcoming ESP world conference, updates from our working groups and the ESP Asia regional office, as well as news, events, vacancies and calls for collaboration from within our network.  (more…)

Tropical forests Biodiversity sourcebook: online

The sourcebook aims to inform which data and methods can be applied to monitor some relevant Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBV) that supports the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD) efforts to halt biodiversity loss. The EBV concept proposed by the GEO BON, Space Agencies, and the Earth Observation research community at large aims to support efforts for biodiversity monitoring.


Registration is open : 12th ALTER-Net Summer School on “Biodiversity, ecosystem services: science and its impact on policy and society”

The registration to this year’s ALTER-Net summer school on “Biodiversity, ecosystem services: science and its impact on policy and society” has been launched.

The Summer School is open to young graduate and post-graduate scientists from both within and outside the ALTER-Net network partners, as well as young professionals in related fields. The aim of the Summer School is to create an environment for studying the challenges relating to biodiversity and natural resources in an inter- and trans-disciplinary way. (more…)

Opportunities for students and early career researchers

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) is committed to support students and early career researchers and following below are some of the many initiatives that they offer to help grow students and early career researchers’ careers, influence and research.  (more…)

Vacancy: Postdoc position at VU Amsterdam

The Environmental Geography Groups of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a postdoc position “Pathways to sustainable intensification” for someone holding a PhD degree in the field of agricultural sciences, spatial ecology, geography, or environmental sciences. The postdoc is appointed within the FACCE-JPI (NWO) funded project VITAL(more…)

New issue of YESS Newsletter (Feb 2017)

The Young Ecosystem Services Specialists network (YESS) published their latest newsletter of February 2017.

In this newsletter you can find:

  • Outcomes of the YESS session at the European Ecosystem Services Conference in Antwerp;
  • Interview with Dolf de Groot, associate professor in integrated ecosystem assessment and management at Wageningen University and ESP chair;
  • Selection of upcoming events and a list of publications from the YESS network. (more…)