Tentative Program

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Call for abstracts: CLOSED.

Call for workshops: 

Please contact the forum organisers to submit workshop proposals.


Program outline


Code of Conduct

All participants will abide by the Code of Conduct that the OESF 2019 has adopted. Please contact the conveners or local committee members in case of any issues.

OESF 2019 activities

  • Plenariesfeature inspiring and up-coming leaders as keynote speakers and panel participants!
  • Presentation Sessionsopportunities for high quality natural and social science researchers, practitioners and decision makers from all sectors to orally present their work.
  • Workshops: a setting for courses, training or stakeholders to discuss technical topics and engage in active exchanges of ideas and expertise.
  • Poster Sessionopportunities for high quality natural and social science researchers, practitioners and decision makers from all sectors to visually present their work.
  • Community Eventsopportunities for local, indigenous and academic knowledge systems to interact. These events focus on ‘bottom-up’ and apply principles of ‘subsidiarity’.
  • Town Hall-Style Meetings: offer a sounding board for new collaborations and ideas, or opportunities to launch important products (e.g. books, major projects).
  • Side Events: provide an opportunity for member based organisations to hold meetings, or experts to hold discussions on high-level topics.
  • Practical Field Tripthe full day field trip will be focused on the practical application of ecosystem services.

OESF 2019 topics

Topic 1: Knowledge (both mainstream and indigenous), data, assessment and reporting of ecosystem services

  • Multiple conceptualization of Valuation and assessment of natural capital and ecosystem services
  • Experiences and learning in developing and using environmental-economic accounting
  • Study of status and trends  of natural capital and ecosystem services (current state/condition, trends/changes) with holistic indicators *(economic and social, institutional and governance oriented)
  • Advances in national reporting on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Capacity building/education on the above topics.

Topic 2: Ecosystem services in decision-making processes

  • Public-private investment in ecosystem services (e.g. REDD+ payments for ecosystem services, green finance, market-based and voluntary mechanisms) and impact investments
  • Using ecosystem services and nature’s contribution to people concepts at a sector level including in forestry, agriculture, fisheries, water and tourism
  • Building capacity of existing ecosystem services networks and communities of practice, including support for gender empowerment, youth skills development and empowerment generation
  • Institutional and legal frameworks, and poly-centric governance for employing an ecosystem services approach to natural resource decision making
  • Challenges and opportunities in integrating information on bio-cultural ecosystem services into decision-making
  • Capacity building and education on the above topics.

Topic 3: Connections between natural capital, ecosystem services and human wellbeing

  • Integrated ecological, economic, social and spatial approaches for examining ecosystem connections
  • Indigenous and local knowledge on ecosystem services and their contribution to wellbeing or good quality of life, e.g. reconnecting people to nature, reconnecting to Papatūānuku, regenerative agriculture and food systems
  • The role of natural capital and ecosystem services in human wellbeing and good quality of life approaches
  • Capacity building and education on the above topics.

Topic 4: Integration of ecosystem services across landscapes, sectors and disciplines

  • Strengthening ecosystem services connections across mountains to sea through resilience and transboundary approaches
  • Multi-sectoral, multi-scale and transdisciplinary research, policy or practice on ecosystem services
  • Integrating and mainstreaming climate change, sustainable development goals and biodiversity.
  • Capacity building and education on the above topics.


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