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 from 7-10 June 2021. The conference theme is 'Ecosystem Services Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes'.
This conference will be organised as a hybrid event, allowing for both in-person and digital participation. 

COVID-19 update

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and after careful consideration, the Conference Organising Committee, in close consultation with the ESP Steering Committee, has decided to postpone the 3rd ESP Europe Conference to 7-10 June 2021 and organise it as a hybrid event - allowing participants the opportunity to participate and engage at a level they are comfortable with - either face-to-face or virtually.

Read the full statement and what this means for the abstract submission and session submission procedures here.

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 call for abstracts is now reopened. The submission deadline is extended to 15 February 2021. Please check the call for abstracts page for more information and to submit your abstract.
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.

Call for sessions

The call for sessions is officially closed. The deadline for submissions was 30 September 2020. In case you missed the deadline or would like to submit a late session, please contact us at

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 soon.


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