Several members of the COMBIOSERVE Consortium participated at this year’s ESP Conference that took place from 8th to 12th September 2014 in Costa Rica. The seventh international conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership concentrated on the use of the ecosystem services concept at the local level in Latin America with a strong focus on community-based conservation.
COMBIOSERVE was one of the EU-funded projects present at the conference. On 10th September Christian R. Vogl and Christoph Schunko (BOKU) chaired the session “Scaling out and sharing of community-owned strategies“, together with Jay Mistry, the leader of the COBRA partner project. In this session, Luciana Porter (INECOL) presented experiences of scaling out in the COMBIOSERVE project. Albert Chan-Dzul and Sara Oliveros (CRIPX) participated in the session “Stakeholder experiences of management approaches and collaborating with researchers” and on 12th September Sara Oliveros (CRIPX) shared her insights as an invited panellist in a discussion titled “Local solutions for conservation and expectations of researchers and policy makers”. Experiences from five FP7 projects about scaling out community-owned strategies were presented as well as discussed and evaluated with the audience. Generating new ideas about the conditions and strategies for scaling out community-owned strategies was one of the goals of the session.
Download the press releases from the conference here.