Since its formal conception in 2008, Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) has been building a network to increase available data, training, and education of ecosystem services around the world. In 2006, ESP began its international conference series allowing activists, researchers, and innovators to discuss new tactics for ecosystem survival. The international conference series has been successful in generating awareness and facilitating the global dialogue for sustainable practices.
ESP announced their sixth conference starting on August 26th in Bali, Indonesia to provide a unique opportunity to discuss planning, management, and decision-making techniques for practice ecosystem services. The five day conference offers participants a blend of interdisciplinary sessions, workshops, and field visits to witness local ecosystem services performed in Bali. Additionally, there is an option for professional training following the program.
Mornings begin with keynote speakers and panels from the convening boards of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Forests, Trees and Agroforestry division, as well as other prestigious organizations. Afternoons are filled with workshops and open topic sessions, providing the opportunity for participants to discuss potential solutions and specific individual projects with the community. Field excursions range from observing commercial fish ponds at the Mangrove Management Center to monitoring bird sanctuaries at Nusa Penida Island. The Sixth International Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference offers lively discussion, an exchange of critical ideas, and beneficial insight into real solutions needed to raise the dialogue surrounding ecosystem services.