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ESP Europe 2020 - Tartu, Estonia

When Sep 21, 2020 02:00 AM to
Sep 24, 2020 02:00 AM
Where Dorpat Conference Center, Tartu (Estonia)
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The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is happy to announce that its third ESP Europe Regional conference will take place in Tartu, Estonia from 21-24 September 2020. The conference theme is 'Ecosystem Service Science, Policy and Practice in the face of Global Changes'.

Impacts of global changes on ecosystems and human societies are manifold. Changes have already led to tangible impacts, such as climate change, which has unfolded over the course of the last decade in the form of weather extremes, droughts, and large wildfire. 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.

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Call for sessions & abstracts

We would like to call on the ecosystem services community at large, and ESP members especially, to submit a session proposal for our upcoming conference. The deadline for session submission is 1 March 2020. Check the call for sessions page for more information and to submit your proposal. ESP conferences are open to both ESP members and non-members.

Once the call for sessions is closed and the session proposal are approved, the call for abstracts will open.

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