7th Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conference

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will be hosting their 7th conference, Local action for the common good, in Costa Rica from September 8-12 2014. The emphasis of this conference will be on the use of the ecosystem services concept at the local level, focusing on Latin America with a special emphasis on Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is an interesting test case, as through using payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes, the country has allegedly increased its forest cover to over 50%, compared to just over 20% back in the 1980s, though some are more careful in their analysis of the success of the program.

Central to the ESP conference are the workshops and sessions organized by ESP working groups and other organizations. The ESP received more than 50 proposals for these, which I had a peek at, and it looks like it will be a great line up. The list of accepted sessions will be available soon on the conference website. In addition to the ESP working group sessions, the conference will present examples of ecosystem services practices in Community Based Ecosystem Management from several EU funded projects in the region.

The 7th ESP Conference will be held in the Barceló San José Palacio Hotel and Conference Centre, which in San Jose, Costa Rica. Click on image above for more details.

Dates to remember:

  • May 1, 2014: Submission of presentation and poster abstracts (the abstract submission process will start end of March, which is just around the corner)
  • July 1, 2014: ‘Early bird’ registration (15% discount) (Registration will also start end of March so keep your eyes posted on the conference website)

As for me, I’m not sure yet if I will be able to make it myself, but I’m definitely looking into seeing how I can make it happen!