This text is taken directly from Ecosystem Services Partnership.
“As the threats of climate change are becoming more noticeable, the importance of ecosystem services and natural capital as our ’life insurance’ is gaining more acknowledgement inside and outside of the academic world. The contributions of ecosystems to human wellbeing is essential but our understanding of ecosystem functions and services is still incomplete and mostly theoretical, whereas the demand from both policy makers and practitioners for guidance on how to implement ecosystem services thinking is growing.
Implementation of the ecosystem services concept into everyday decision making and practice is crucial to achieve the societal and economic paradigm shift needed for the transition to a more sustainable society, safeguarding biodiversity and restoring natural ecosystems. To accelerate this transition the ESP Regional Europe conference 2018 is organised under the theme: ‘Ecosystem services in a changing world: moving from theory to practice’.
We invite you to participate in this conference and join the keynote speeches selected around this theme, attend the over 40 break-out sessions, take part in the business day which includes a market place and business oriented session, and make use of the network opportunities. This conference welcomes anyone interested in ecosystem services, but especially focuses on the science-policy-practice nexus and uptake within Europe.
The ESP Europe Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe. ESP conferences are open to both ESP members and non-members. ESP members receive significant reductions to the conference registration fee and other benefits, however. ESP conferences are structured around the themes of the many ESP Working Groups.
The business track will be organised on Thursday 18 October during the ESP EU conference. Business representatives are especially welcomed to share their ecosystem services experiences from practice, and to learn more about what ecosystem services means for their business and how to incorporate the concept in corporate action.”
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