African ESP conference: Natural capital accounting critical to sustainable ecosystem
The World Agroforestry Centre recently hosted the first regional African Ecosystem Services Partnership conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ecosystem Services Partnership is an international network of scientists and practitioners working together in robust thematic working groups to generate and share knowledge on scientific discourse related to ecosystem services.
With the theme Ecosystem Services for SDGs in Africa, the conference had an attendance of 170 people from 28 countries, majority from Africa. “This conference aimed to enhance the participation of Africans within ESP and also to enable focus on African ESP issues. With twenty sessions and over 100 presentations in which there was high-level engagement and quality discourse, the conference exceeded expectations,” said Dr Peter Minang, leader of the Environmental Services at the World Agroforestry Centre, who chaired the conference scientific and organizing committees.
While opening the conference, Prof Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources lauded the conference for having a large participation of young people and early career practitioners. The conference had sponsored more than ten students pursuing subjects related to ecosystem services and for the first time in the ESP conference history held an open session for the youth. Read the full article here.
Africa Environmental Services Partnership conference website.