Third ESP Europe Conference

Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is happy to announce that its third ESP Europe Regional conference will take place in Tartu, Estonia. Due to COVID-19 crisis, the ESP Europe conference will be postponed to Spring 2021. The conference theme is 'Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes'.

COVID-19 update

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and after a careful consideration, the Conference Organising Committee, in close consultation with the ESP Steering Committee, has decided to postpone the 3rd ESP Europe Conference to a later date (TBD) in the first half of 2021. This decision was taken to ensure that everyone can travel and participate safely.

A more detailed statement about the postponement and implications for abstract submission, session-confirmation procedure and possible re-opening of the call for sessions will be communicated soon.

Be well and stay safe!
Conference Organising Committee

Impacts of Global Changes on ecosystems and human societies are manifold. Changes have led to already tangible impacts, such as Climate Change which has unfolded over the course of the last decade in form of weather extremes, droughts and large wildfires, for example. Along with shifting climate patterns, biodiversity loss is causing structures and functions of ecosystems to be more vulnerable to change, and is altering the supply of vital ecosystem services. Land use and land cover changes as well as global trading and land ownership patterns cause further impacts on social-ecological systems. Such changes often lead to inequality between richer and poorer countries and to the radicalization of politics, which then undermine a  society’s capacity to cope with these growing impacts. In this context, ecosystem services science, policy and practice offer tools needed to tackle the challenges ahead. More importantly, the appropriate use of the ecosystems services concept can shift societies and governance systems towards sustainable pathways.

The ESP Europe 2021 Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe. The regional conferences follow our world conferences, of which the last world conference in Germany hosted more than 750 delegates from over 65 countries.


Call for abstracts

The online abstract submission system is now OPEN. On the session overview page, you can find the overview of all accepted conference sessions. When you click the session title, the session description for that session will open.

You can submit an abstract to one or more of these sessions. 

Call for sessions

The call for session proposals is now closed. The deadline for session submission was 10 March 2020. The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) reviewed all proposals. You can see the approved sessions here.

ESP conferences are open to both ESP members and non-members. ESP members receive significant reductions to the conference registration fee and other benefits. ESP conferences are structured around the many ESP Working Groups, National Networks and Regional Chapters.


Due to COVID-19 outbreak, more information about the registration fees and how to register will be made available late this year.


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