ESP regional conference

Africa 2019

"Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Wellbeing in Africa"

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) organizes regional conferences every other year. This year Togo hosted  Africa regional conference.

This conference was organized to draw attention to the key role ecosystems are playing in the development of the economy, human wellbeing and culture in (Sub-Saharan) Africa. Yet, in spite of all the benefits of ecosystem services (or Nature’s Contributions to People) the ecosystems providing them are facing many threats affecting the livelihoods and resilience of local communities.

Therefore, the theme of the conference was 'Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Wellbeing in Africa'. The conference welcomes everyone with an interest in the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of ‘Nature’s Contributions to People’ in Africa and its association with human wellbeing.

The ESP Africa Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe. ESP conferences are open to both ESP members and non-members. ESP members receive significant reductions to the conference registration fee and other benefits, however. ESP conferences are structured around the themes of the many ESP Working Groups.

  • Location: Togo, Africa
  • Date: 17-20 June 2019
  • Venue: Cristal Hotel, Kpalimé, Togo


We are happy to announce that ESP Africa conference was a success and we hope you enjoyed it and gained lots of insights and experience. Below we provide you with some last conference announcements:

Keynote Presentations

During the week, four keynotes provided the remarkable and inspirational speeches. Their presentations will be available in a pdf format.

Conference proceedings

Soon we will publish the conference proceedings for all collected presentations and outcomes. If you wouldn't like your presentation uploaded on the website, please contact us at with the session name.

The IPBES Webinar Series: IPBES Regional Assessment of Africa

The IPBES Webinar Series is hosted by the task force and technical support unit on capacity-building. The series covers the IPBES regional assessments, methodological assessment on scenarios and models, the IPBES pollinator report, and more. You can find the webinar on IPBES Regional Assessment of Africa here.

Call for Papers of Special Issue

To all mountain ecosystem service scientists at ESP Africa 2019! Note that Ecosystem Services is preparing a special issue that should be of interest to you: “Mountain landscapes: protected areas, ecosystem services and future challenges”. Let’s make sure your work and your mountains are featured in this special issue! If you need support or advice in preparing a manuscript, feel free to get in touch with Davnah Payne at the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment ( Further information can be found here


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