The first Conference of the Regional Africa chapter of ESP was held in Nairobi, Kenya on November 21-25 2016. We were glad to receive over 170 participants from 28 countries. 

The conference theme was Ecosystem Services for SDGs in Africa. Discussions were focused on Africa’s contribution towards data and evidence on best practices for management, restoration of ecosystem services for decision making particularly towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The issue of Ecosystem Services is crucial for the African continent given that we already experience negative effects of climate change and the situation is projected to worsen. Proper management and restoration of essential ecosystem services will to a large extent ensure we are equipped to deal and or cope with climate change.

Africa’s participation in this forum is also heightened by the fact that there is underwhelming data and information on ecosystem services and climate change from the continent. This makes it difficult to formulate strategic policies and implement action for sustainable development.

The conference brought together over 170 African experts, students, policy makers, and the private sector to discuss, explore and exchange research as well as action on preserving and restoring ecosystem services in the content. In particular we aimed to bring as many early career practitioners, specialists and researchers from around the continent to enable learning, exchange and exposure to knowledge, ideas, experiences and contacts that will enhance contributions when they get back home. 




The presentations from all conference sessions are now available online in PDF form. You can find the links to the presentations here

Book of Abstracts

All abstracts presented in the sessions are to be found in the Book of Abstracts of the related session.

Session Reports

The summaries of all the sessions are now available online for viewing and download! 

Click here to view the session reports.


We invite you to check out the pictures here

Survey results

We conducted a survey among the participants. Click here to see the answers to the closed survey questions.


The African ESP conference is jointly organised by ICRAF and ESP. Chair of the National Organising Committee is Dr. Peter A Minang, Science Domain Leader, Environmental Services with ICRAF.







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