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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

7th Annual ESP Conference with strong OpenNESS involvement

Over 300 scientists gathered at the 7th International Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP) Conference 2014 in Costa Rica last week (8-12 September) to discuss the latest developments in ecosystem service assessment. The theme for this year's conference was 'local action for the common good' chosen to stress that the importance of the continued provision of ecosystem services often depends on local communities, which is not sufficiently recognised in local and national policies.

The conference consisted of a series of plenary sessions with keynote presentations, including one from OpenNESS work package 4 leader David Barton from NINA on evaluating the landscape level effects of property level targeting of PES within a policymix for biodiversity conservation, and 43 parallel sessions.

Also, several OpenNESS scientists contributed papers to different sessions ranging from 'Modelling approaches to ecosystem services' to 'The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services' to 'Urban ecosystem services: Linking research and governance for sustainability'.

The conference was very successful in bringing together a wide group of scientists from different countries, backgrounds and experience. It was particularly nice to see a large involvement from early career researchers and PhD students. Overall, the conference showcased many extremely interesting developments in the science of ecosystem service assessment.

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Photo: David Barton during his keynote speech