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Call for abstracts!

Submission deadline: Friday 10 May 2019

Submit your abstracts and proposals here.


Program outline


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 Tripshalf day field trips 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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