Join us in Bali to share about ecosystem services

You shouldn’t miss the Sixth International Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference, to be held 26–30 August 2013 in Bali, Indonesia, says Beria Leimona


The emphasis of the sixth international Ecosystem Partnership (ESP) conference will be on the practical application of the ‘ecosystem services’ concept in planning, management and decision making and on the development of case studies.

Like the previous conferences, the program will consist of a mix of plenary sessions, workshops (organized by the ESP working groups), open-space sessions (proposed and organized by participants) and special sessions devoted to specific topics proposed by the co-organizers and sponsors.

ecosystem services partnership, ESP, conference, Tanah Lot, Bali

The temple at Tanah Lot, adjacent to the conference venue

Organised by the World Agroforestry Centre and the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry’s component on Landscape Management for Environmental Services, Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihoods, the conference includes excursions to experience various ecosystem services’  schemes or related practices in Bali. There will also be a summer school on ‘practical tools for assessing ecosystem services’ on either side of the conference dates, starting Saturday morning, 24 August, and ending Sunday evening, 1 September.

The first half-day of the conference will be devoted to wrapping up the current state of research and findings from prior conferences (so we build on the knowledge generated in the previous conferences and working group activities).

Mornings on most days will be reserved for plenary keynote addresses on the main conference topics (to be decided in consultation with the members) and special sessions organized by the core-partners: Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Indonesia, United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Society for Ecological Restoration, International Association for Landscape Ecology and the Asian Development Bank. On the last morning, invited participants will present the main incentives and obstacles involved in implementing ecosystem services’ schemes in practice.

Afternoons will be reserved for workshops (organized by the thematic working groups and biome expert groups) and open-space sessions, where participants can present their work and discuss specific problems and potential solutions in a free format leading, preferably, to concrete outputs (publications, a research plan etc). The outcome of the workshops and open-space sessions will be discussed in an innovative and interactive way on the last afternoon.

We plan to publish the results of these workshops and sessions in special issues of the journals associated with ESP (see conference website for more information).

Throughout the conference there will be designated times for poster sessions, displays and demonstrations, a market place and discussion groups.


1  May 2013:       submission of abstracts (for all types of sessions)

1  July  2013:      ‘early bird’ registration (15% discount)

For more information on the program, fees and registration see or contact Ms Diah Wulandari ( or the ESP secretariat (




This conference is co-hosted by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry component on Landscape Management for Environmental Services, Biodiversity Conservation and Livelihoods

Rob Finlayson

Robert Finlayson is the Southeast Asia program's regional communications specialist. As well as writing stories for the Centre's website, he devises and supervises strategies for projects and the countries in the Southeast Asia region, including scripting and producing videos, supervising editors and translators and also assisting with resource mobilization.

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