Preliminary Theme: Ecosystem services in a changing world: moving from theory to practice
As the threats of climate change are becoming more noticeable, the importance of ecosystem services and natural capital as our ’life insurance’ is gaining more acknowledgement inside and outside of the academic world. The contributions of ecosystems to human wellbeing is essential but our understanding of ecosystem functions and services is still incomplete and mostly theoretical, whereas the demand from both policy makers and practitioners for guidance on how to implement ecosystem services thinking is growing. Implementation of the ecosystem services concept into everyday decision making and practice is crucial to achieve the societal and economic paradigm shift needed for the transition to a more sustainable society, safeguarding biodiversity and restoring natural ecosystems. To accelerate this transition the ESP Regional Europe conference 2018 is organised under the theme: ‘Ecosystem services in a changing world: moving from theory to practice’.