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Bioengineering, stakeholder participation and ecosystem services valuation protect salt marshes in the lagoon of Venice

In the past 100 years 72% of the salt marshes of the lagoon of Venice was lost due to erosion. The EU LIFE VIMINE project successfully reduced erosion by creating biodegradable barriers of wooden fascines. Long-term protection is secured by involving local communities in protection works and ecotourism. Local society now realises that the benefits of salt marsh protection outweigh its costs.

Call for Papers Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference sustainable infrastructure

The Fifth Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Annual Conference will be hosted by the World Bank on the topic of sustainable infrastructure, to stimulate research on these issues and foster interdisciplinary dialogue where relevant. This conference aims at taking stock of recent advances and research challenges. To do so, we plan to gather the best researchers in the field, both from the academic world and from more policy-oriented backgrounds, to exchange ideas and insights in a two-day conference organized at the World Bank. (more…)

Joint BES and BESS Symposium: Advances in Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Cardiff

There is an urgent need to understand how natural stocks are linked to flows of ecosystem services and how these linkages are likely to change in the future, given the environmental challenges of an increasing population, demand for housing and infrastructure, the need to feed a rapidly growing planet and climate change. (more…)

PhD position: Ecosystem Services: Quantification, Modeling, Mapping and Assessment

The Institute of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology at Leibniz University in Hannover (Germany) offers a PhD position in the field of Ecosystem Services: Quantification, Modeling, Mapping and Assessment to be appointed 01.05.2017. The position is limited to 3 years. The extent of the position is equivalent to 50 % of the standard working time. (more…)

Call for abstracts session Social-Ecological Systems and participatory methods for sustainable landscape management

A session on Social – Ecological Systems and participatory methods for sustainable landscape management will take place at the IALE 2017 European Congress (September 12-15 2017). (more…)

Announcing the funding of £15,000 for the Regional Studies Association Policy Expos

The Association has launched a new policy research initiative worth £15,000 (C. €17,000, US$18,000) to successful teams aiming to connect their work and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs.

This new initiative is called an “Expo” taking the word’s meaning of a “comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory”. (more…)

BWG 5 members participated at the XIV MEDECOS & AEET meeting in Seville, January 2017

Members of the ESP Mediterranean working group participated in the 2017 joint meeting of the International Society of Mediterranean Ecology (MEDECOS) and the Spanish Ecological Society (AEET), celebrated between the 31st of January and 4th of February in Seville, Spain. The main focus of the joint conference was the ecology and evolution of Mediterranean ecosystems and their species, from plants to animals and also microorganisms. (more…)

Stakeholder Day at IPBES-5

The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services are fundamental to the well-being of current and future generations. Yet the depletion and degradation of natural resources is increasingly destroying the life support systems on which people depend.   How are governments, experts and stakeholders working together, through IPBES, to address these critical issues? How can you contribute as an individual or an organisation to the IPBES process to enrich assessment outcomes and contribute to implementing the work programme and recommendations of the IPBES Plenary?   (more…)

ESP January Update

The ESP Update for January is now available online. Check out our most resent newsletter for:

  • Updates on the upcoming ESP conferences;
  • News from our national networks;
  • Other recent developments in the field of ecosystem services (news, events, vacancies).


Green Finance Academy Masterclass

This masterclass helps you to become the expert on bankable projects in your organisation and provides you the tools to design projects that not only meet your project goals, but also generate financial returns for investors.


ESMERALDA workshop on ecosystem services mapping and assessment methods

From 9 to 12 January 2017, ESMERALDA held the second of a series of five planned project workshops aimed at testing the flexible ecosystem services (ES) mapping and assessment  methodology under development using real-world case studies. (more…)

PhD scholar on assessing the role of forest sinks in climate change mitigation

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia and the Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University & Research (WUR) are jointly offering a PhD scholarship on climate and forests (REDD+), dealing with assessing forest sinks in climate change mitigation. (more…)

XI International Symposium “Wetlands 2017” in Cuba

The Territorial Delegation of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA) of Matanzas province and the National Center for Protected Areas (CNAP) invites you to participate in the 11th International Symposium on Wetland Management “Wetlands 2017” to be held From 6 to 10 November 2017, in the Ciénaga de Zapata, Matanzas, Cuba. The meeting has become a regional initiative of systematic implementation.


Vacancy: ILC Regional Coordinator in Africa and Asia

International Land Coalition, (ILC) Africa and (ILC) Asia are diverse and growing networks of organisations and form part of a global alliance of more than 200 multilateral and civil society organisations based in over 64 countries. The ILC Regional Coordination Units in Africa and Asia are both recruiting a Regional Coordinator to work in an action-oriented and dynamic environment. (more…)

Junior Consultant: Environmental Economics (Wolfs Company – Nature by Numbers)

Wolfs Company is looking for a Junior Consultant to contribute to the environmental economics research work of the company in the Wider Caribbean and Africa. Wolfs Company is an innovative research company based in Amsterdam and on Bonaire. The company delivers support to the public and private sector on maximizing the economic and social profitability of sustainable development and sustainable use of ecosystems. (more…)