l. Networking day: Matching science, policy and practice (Tuesday 20 September)

A full-day marketplace combined with parallel side-events:

  • Ecosystem services fair: The fair displays some 40 businesses, projects and organisations that put ecosystem services in practice and engages with the conference participants.
  • Side-events: Practical demonstrations of tools, case studies examples from ECOPLAN, OPERAs and OpenNESS, interactive workshops, training sessions, or debates.

ll. Science showcase day (Thursday 22 September)

  • Sessions with a mainly scientific focus, organised around key topics in the field of ecosystem services. These sessions will be run in parallel and contain research presentations in combination with discussions on how to relate to practical implementation.

Session descriptions

Below you can read through all session descriptions. The sessions have been clustered thematically.

B. Biome sessions

C. Capacity building/networking sessions

G. Generic/regional based sessions

O. Other sessions

P. Policy and/or business related sessions

S. Sessions related to projects/processes 

T. Thematic sessions


B. Biome sessions

1. Nature-based solutions for urban challenges - Thu (09:00-10:30, 11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30)

2. Payments for ecosystem services in European agricultural landscapes: Potentials of the ecosystem services concept to improve public agri-environmental measures and private payment schemes - Thu (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

3. Putting Ecosystem Services into Practice in Freshwater Management and Policy Tue (11:00-12:30 and 14:00- 15:30)

4. Global changes in local ecosystem services in Alpine and Arctic regions in Europe - Thu (11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30)

5. Informing marine and coastal policy using ecosystem service assessments: evidence from real world applications - Thu (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)


C. Capacity building/networking sessions

1. Conceptual Frameworks on Ecosystem Services for Problem solving - Thu (09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30)

2. Strengthening ES Community of Practices - Tue (11:00-12:30)

3. The governance of ecosystem services: Methods to understand, inform development, and support successful implementation - Thu (09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30)

4. Connecting Young Ecosystem Service Specialists (YESS) - Wed (10:30-12:00)

5. Networking and knowledge exchange to solve Mediterranean challenges - Tue (16:00-17:30)

6. Reframing boot camp - How do you tell your story in a way that will have impact? - Wed (10:30-12:00)

7. Implementing the ecosystem service concept on the ground: experiences with guidance, trainings and coaching - Tue (11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30)

8. Guidance for users on Ecosystem Services - Tue (16:00-17:30)

9. Integrating ecosystem services in impact assessment for policy support (TRAINING session, registration required until 30th of August) - Tue (14:00-15:30)


G. Generic/regional based sessions

1. Operationalising the concept of ecosystem services on the ground: Exploring origins and types of knowledge needs, and tools and methods to integrate them - Thu (09:00-10:30)

2. Tailoring strategies to protect nature and natural capital: how to integrate and build on recent results and insights - Thu (11:00-12:30)

3. Enhancing adaptive capacity of social-ecological systems by incorporation of ecosystem services - Thu (14:00-15:30)

4. Reflections on the last decade of ecosystem service research: Rights, wrongs, and the way forward - Tue (11:00-12:30)

5. Role of biodiversity in mediating land use intensity – ecosystem services relationships  - Wed (10:30-12:00)

6. Ecosystem services trade-offs workshop: synthesis and implications for knowledge production and uptake - Tue (16:00-17:30)

7. Embedding an Ecosystem Approach in the West of England - Tue (11:00-12:30)


O. Other sesions

1. Supporting better policy decisions on our environment based on the best available knowledge – lessons for the EKLIPSE approach Thu (9:00-10:30)

2. Valuation of ecosystem services: How to make sure all values are accounted for? Tue (11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30)

3. ES studies for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from around the world Wed (10:30-12:00)

4. Mapping ecosystem services for spatial planning Tue (16:00-17:30)

5. Managing the co-production of ecosystem services supply Thu (16:00-17:30)


P. Policy and/or business related sessions

1. Can’t see the wood for the trees: Policy and business innovations for the sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services - Thu (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

2. Who decides? Making policies on land management work on the farm  - Thu (09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30)

3. Using the ES Framework as a catalyst for restoration - opportunities and obstacles  - Wed (10:30-12:00)

4. Making Cultural ecosystem services count in policy and decision-making  - Tue (11:00-12:30)

5. Behavioral Economics: Implications for ES valuation, management and policy design - Wed (10:30-12:00)

6. The role of ecosystem services in national policies  - Tue (11:00-12:30)

7. Implementing ecosystem services: examples from participative planning - Thu (09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30)

8. What ecosystem services-concept brings to circular economy framework through nature based solutions? - Tue (11:00-12:30)

9. Integrating nature based solutions in sustainable development: What is needed to achieve this?  - Tue (11:00-12:30)

10. Testimonies from the field: Practitioners perspective on the usefulness of the ecosystem service concept and tools - Tue (11:00-12:30)

11. Natural Capital Accounting and Realistic Policy Utility - Thu (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

12. Making ESS relevant for public procurement decisions in the water sector - Tue (16:00-17:30)

13. Innovative business models for ecosystems and natural capital (CLOSED) -Tue (14:00-15:30)

14. Links between Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services - Tue (14:00-15:30)

15. How can nature-based solutions support the Sustainable Development Goals? - Tue (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30) (CANCELLED)

16. Options to secure ecosystem services in the EU external footprint  - Thu (16:00-17:30)

17. My Nature, Your Nature ­– Multiple perspectives on nature in the EU – interactive session - Tue (14:00-15:30)


S. Sessions related to projects/processes 

1. Using the DESSIN ESS Evaluation Framework to assess changes in ecosystem services resulting from the implementation of innovative water technologies - Thu (16:00-17:30)

2. The ecosystem services of the global protected areas estate: an analysis using Co$ting Nature - Tue (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

3. Setting priorities for ecosystem restoration in the EU based on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) - Tue (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

4. Ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies: patterns across case-studies - Thu (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

5. Operationalizing the concept of ecosystem services - Thu (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

6. Social Sciences and Humanities in IPBES+ - Tue (14:00-15:30)

7. Governance of Stakeholder Interaction: Experiences of TEEB Country Studies - Thu (11:00-12:30)

8. Operationalizing the notion of ecosystem integrity for ecosystem services assessment - Thu (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

9. Integrated assessment and valuation of ecosystem services in specific policy contexts - Thu (09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30)

10. LIFE programme supporting societal benefits by restoring and improving ecosystem services – best practices - Tue (11:00-12:30)


T. Thematic sessions

1. Science into policy and practice: implementation of pollination research findings  - Thu (16:00-17:30)

2. Global ecosystem service flows - Thu (14:00-15:30)

3. Solving practical bottlenecks in ecosystem service mapping - Thu (09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30)

4. The economics of crop wild relatives (CWR) – refining valuation techniques and bringing the wild relatives of crops into the ecosystem services framework - Thu (09:00-10:30)

5. Health as integrating concept in ecosystem services and nature based solutions - Tue (14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

6. Ecosystem services & Landscape planning - Thu (11:00-12:30, 14:00-15:30 and 16:00-17:30)

7. Ecosystem services for poverty alleviation - Thu (09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30)

8. Ecosystem service indicators: what you measure is what you get? - Thu (09:00-10:30 and 11:00-12:30)

10. How useful is an ecosystem services approach in participatory decision making? Lessons learnt - Thu (14:00-15:30and 16:00-17:30)

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