Dear all interested in participating in the ESP-LAC-2020 regional conference.
Through this communication we would like to explain our position about the ESP-LAC-2020 conference, in the context of the health contingency of COVID-19 that we are facing at the regional and global scale.
The uncertainty that we face regarding the sanitary conditions that must be met, the recovery times of the health systems and public life, as well as the foreseeable economic consequences that we will have to
face in the coming months; have led us to carry out a detailed analysis of the possible alternatives available for organizing the conference. In the spirit of continuing to promote the exchange of ideas, knowledge
and experiences through this event while committed to minimize its ecological footprint and avoiding the incurring economic expenses on the part of people and institutions with interest in participating, we have decided
to take advantage of the available technological solutions to carry out the ESP-LAC-2020 regional conference in a virtual format, keeping the original dates for the conference (November 25 to 27, 2020).
We take this opportunity to let you know that we are aiming at minimizing the registration fees and offer some scholarships for students, representatives of regional NGOs and civil society, to ensure the broad plural
international participation that is essential for the conference. Also, some local venues will be proposed for internet connections during the conference, in spaces of regional organizations and partners that are kindly
offering their support.
Finally, we reiterate the invitation and encourage you to participate in the conference in this new format. We are convinced that through this common effort we can make this conference a success and set an example of the
ability to adapt to the unforeseeable circumstances that this global crisis implies. Consequently, we extended the period for receiving proposals for thematic sessions, creative sessions, workshops and courses within the
1st call to the conference until April 27. Further details including the change of important dates and the 2nd call can be consulted on the conference website: https://www.esplatinamerica2020.org/
The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is pleased to announce its regional conference in Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held in Mexico City, from November 25 to 27, 2020, under the theme “Transcending the study of Ecosystem Services towards Transdiscipline and Incidence" This conference calls on scientists, professionals, local stakeholders, NGOs, civil society and decision-makers in the region to share existing knowledge about ecosystem services, as well as transdisciplinary tools and experiences that can effectively influence sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Due to their cultural and biological diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean occupy a prominent place in the provision of global ecosystem services. However, unsustainable patterns of exploitation, extraction and management of natural resources have been the common ground for centuries, leading to an increasingly severe degradation of ecosystems and the benefits they provide to society. At the same time, there are relevant examples of protection, conservation and ecosystem improvement, vital to the construction of social-ecological resilience. Many of these efforts come from rural and indigenous communities that implement collective action practices aimed at protecting and caring for their ecosystems and territories.
However, weak environmental governance, erosion of local knowledge, high poverty rates, inequality in access to natural resources and lack of social-ecological justice leads to aggravation of conflicts in the region. In this context, it becomes urgent to combine the efforts of the academic, political and civil society spheres that make it possible to make visible the plurality of values, uses and perceptions about the nature and the services that it provides, to evaluate their current status and the need to its inclusion in decision-making processes in order to contribute to sustainable, fair, inclusive and legitimate governance. Therefore, the ESP-LAC-2020 conference adopts the theme related to the study of ecosystem services from a transdisciplinary perspective that allows us to face the complexity of socio-environmental problems in the region and project the impact on social life and formulation, design and implementation of sustainable territorial planning practices and instruments.
Official Language: Spanish, but it will also be possible to receive works in English and Portuguese.
During the ESP-LAC-2020 conference we will have the keynote speakers who will talk about different issues related to Ecosystem Services in the Latin American and world context from different perspectives of analytical and methodological approach, considering the theme of the conference on “Transcending the study of Ecosystem Services towards Transdiscipline and Incidence ”.
Keynotes speakers discussion panels:
- Transdiscipline for the study of ecosystem services from different angles and tools: Juliana Merçón (Universidad Veracruzana, México) and Víctor Marín, Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile).
- Co-production of ecosystem services from the conceptual and complex socio-ecological systems: Unai Pascual (Basque Center for Climate Change, Spain) and Leticia Merino (IIS-UNAM, Mexico).
- Ecosystem services from the vision of the IPBES platform and transition of the concept towards contributions of nature to the people: Roldan Muradian (Federal University Fluminense, Brazil) and Patricia Balvanera (IIES-UNAM, Mexico).