Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
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ESP regional conference Europe 2018: Ecosystem services in a changing world: moving from theory to practice

Date: 15 October 2018 - 19 October 2018
Location: San Sebastián, Spain

As the threats of climate change are becoming more noticeable, the importance of ecosystem services and natural capital as our ’life insurance’ is gaining more acknowledgement inside and outside of the academic world. The contributions of ecosystems to human wellbeing is essential but our understanding of ecosystem functions and services is still incomplete and mostly theoretical, whereas the demand from both policy makers and practitioners for guidance on how to implement ecosystem services thinking is growing. Implementation of the ecosystem services concept into everyday decision making and practice is crucial to achieve the societal and economic paradigm shift needed for the transition to a more sustainable society, safeguarding biodiversity and restoring natural ecosystems. To accelerate this transition the ESP Regional Europe conference 2018 is organised under the theme: ‘Ecosystem services in a changing world: moving from theory to practice’.

We invite you to participate in this conference and join the keynote speeches selected around this theme, attend the over 40 break-out sessions, take part in the business day which includes a market place and business oriented session, and make use of the network opportunities. This conference welcomes anyone interested in ecosystem services, but especially focusses on the science-policy-practice nexus and uptake within Europe.

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