5th ESP Europe Conference​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Ecosystem Services: One Planet, One Health

18-22 November 2024 | Wageningen, the Netherlands

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5th European Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership

Ecosystem Services: One Planet, One Health

18-22 November 2024 | Wageningen, The Netherlands

This year, ESP hosts its 5th European conference under the theme Ecosystem Services: One Planet, One Health. The theme refers to the question of how the ecosystem services concept can address the challenges involved in delivering the global vision of One Health. It highlights the interdependence of human health, animal and plant health, ecosystem health, and the health of the global environment.

The theme aligns with international commitments under the Global Biodiversity Framework and is at the heart of the sustainable development goals. These goals can only be achieved in a healthy and fair economic system that takes the full value of nature`s contributions to human wellbeing into account.

Ecosystem services science can greatly contribute to addressing various sustainable development and global health challenges, and presents a great potential for scientific partnerships across domains and for driving transformative change. ESP is the leading global community in the field of ecosystem services. ESP Conferences serve a vital function for this community, by providing space for knowledge exchange, networking, and innovation. At the 5th ESP Europe conference, we aim to put a special focus on two thematic streams: a) Ecosystem services and health, and b) Ecosystem services and conditions for transformative change. The streams are inspired by the overarching conference theme and will feed into the conference output and takeaways in different ways – with a unified purpose of scaling up the positive impacts of ecosystem services research. Of course, as always, there will also be ample room for session proposals that do not fit neatly in the layout of streams and conditions but do address relevant topics for the ESP community.

The conference will take place on 18-22 November 2024 in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The 5th ESP Europe conference will be an in-person conference to provide an enriching experience that allows attendees to fully immerse themselves in the conference, interact with speakers and engage with other participants in real-time. However, we will explore options to livestream the plenary sessions and possibly other virtual program elements.

The conference will also make a dedicated effort towards empowering young voices. We are committed to enabling high-impact participation of early career researchers. The program will be completed by pre-conference trainings, a conference dinner, and field trips showcasing local landscapes. Registration will open in summer.

We look forward to welcome you all in Wageningen in November to meet and connect with passionate people, learn from their experiences, and gain valuable insights into the connections between Ecosystem Services and One Planet, One Health!

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Why you should attend our event?

Connect with the network

By joining the ESP network, you will be able to connect with a wide range of professionals, including researchers, policymakers, practitioners, stakeholders, and end-users who share a common interest in ecosystem services. This presents an excellent opportunity to broaden your professional network and establish new relationships that may lead to mutually beneficial projects or partnerships

Exchange ideas

At the conference, you will have the opportunity to present your work to your peers, receive invaluable feedback, and engage in discussions on the latest developments in your field

Access the latest insights

You don't want to miss the chance to join over 500 experts in Ecosystem Services, planetary health and human health and keep up with current trends, developments, and discussions

Level up your skills

By attending this conference, you will have the opportunity to meet leading experts who will share innovative information and perspectives on ES and planetary health. Keynote speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and workshops will provide avenues for professional skill development and the acquisition of new knowledge

Become an ESP member

We offer ESP-paying members a special conference rate. ESP members can also join working groups, access exclusive content and benefit from discounted rates with our affiliated journals. Don't miss out, join our vibrant community now! 

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The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is a global network that connects ecosystem services scientists, practitioners, stakeholders, and policymakers on different topics at local, national, regional, and global scales. ESP aims to enhance communication, cooperation, and coordination and to build a strong network of individuals and organisations working on ecosystem services.

The Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) is a not-for-profit research & consultancy foundation. It aims to support the monitoring, analysis, conservation, restoration and sustainable use of natural ecosystems worldwide. FSD has built and hosted the secretariat of ESP for the last ten years and is continuously developing the Ecosystem Services Valuation Database. FSD has been dedicated for over 20 years to promoting a future that is Economically sound, Socially acceptable and Ecologically sustainable.

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