ecoSERVICES workshop - Opportunities for tackling challenges in linking biodiversity, ecosystem services, and human well-being for sustainability: what activities next?

Geolocation
Nov2017
5
until Nov 6, 2017
Oaxaca, Mexico

Following up on the 2013 workshop in Paris that laid the conceptual basis of Bennett et al. (2015), this workshop will discuss and plan activities that further address challenges to advance sustainability research on the basis of ecosystem service science. (Upon invitation only)

In 2015, Bennett et al. outlined 3 overarching challenges to advance sustainability research on the basis of ecosystem service science. We stressed the need to expand ecosystem services beyond an econometric concept to a generic and operational boundary framework that connects biodiversity, ecosystem functions and human well-being. In order to meet this need, we argued that the ecosystem service research community has to increase knowledge about ecosystem service production, distribution and benefit flows, and to identify best practices in ecosystem service governance while exploring transdisciplinary approaches further.

Bennett et al. (2015) compiled the findings of the ecoSERVICES workshop held in Paris, France, on 10-12 November, 2013, that focused on concepts. Since then, we have designed or participated in several activities to help address the 3 overarching challenges as a contribution to Future Earth. Given the advances in ecosystem service science, and in sustainability science more broadly, on 5-6 November, 2017, the Oaxaca workshop is convened to define the next set of opportunities for tackling challenges outlined in Bennett et al. (2015), and to plan activities that can be undertaken to achieve these goals.

The main emphasis will be to identify and co-develop specific actions for a set of clearly defined research activities that would advance ecosystem service science, moving beyond conceptual concerns. While producing concept notes that include provisional objectives, we will also attempt to identify areas of synergy, complementarity and opportunities for collaboration with the broader community of practice in ecosystem services, such as to avoid replication and strengthen the collective impact of these groups. The concept notes co-developed by the end of our meeting are likely to take the form of a publishable paper.

The workshop is aligned with the Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society conference (PECSII) in Oaxaca, on 7-10 November, 2017).

Upon invitation only

 

Information for participants

Accommodation | Meeting venue | Visa | Money | Power supply | Weather | Practical tips | Smoking

Accommodation

La Villada Inn, Felipe Angeles No. 204, Ejido Guadalupe Victoria (Tel: +52 951 518 6217). Located 3 to 4 km from Oaxaca city centre. Ecological contruction.

Las Marias, located 2 km away from La Villada Inn.

For those commuting to PECSII's venue (i.e. Mision de Los Angeles hotel), a taxi would take you up to 10 min. in bad traffic conditions.

Meeting venue

La Villada Inn, Felipe Angeles No. 204, Ejido Guadalupe Victoria (Tel: +52 951 518 6217)

Visa

Entry on a tourist visa for conferences (valid for max. 180 days, non-extendable, from day of entry). Your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay.

All foreigners from countries listed at the bottom of the page here must obtain a visa before travelling to Mexico from the Mexican consulate in their home country. An application form looks like this.

Foreigners who submit one of the following documents do not require a Mexican tourist visa:

  • Document attesting permanent residence in Canada, United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or any of the countries belonging to the Schengen area, as well as members of the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia and Peru);
  • A valid visa from Canada, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or any of the countries belonging to the Schengen area; and
  • APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) approved by Mexico.

More informtion on pages 1 to 3 here (PDF). Documents required on page 3.

Money

  • Official currency: Mexican peso ($).
  • Exchange rates, here. Indications: 1 USD ≈ 18 MXN, 1 EUR ≈ 21 MXN, 1 GBP ≈ 23 MXN
  • Currency converter, here
  • Bank hours are normally 9AM-4PM Monday to Friday.
  • Visa and Mastercard are the credit cards most used in Mexico. American Express is not accepted everywhere.

Power supply

Electricity is 110-120 Volts, same as US/Canada

Weather

Located on México’s high central plateau (1,500m high), Oaxaca enjoys a mild climate all year. November is in the dry, cool season. Expect around 25-27 °C during the day, and around 10 °C at nighttime.

Practical tips

  • Oaxaca is a safe city.
  • Wear light-weight, comfortable cotton clothing, such as shorts or bermudas.
  • Wear comfortable and closed shoes or tennis shoes to be best prepared to walk (especially in archaeological sites). When visiting beaches and cenotes, sandals are recommended.
  • Bring sun block, hat, insect repellent
  • Tourist information

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all public buildings in Mexico including restaurants and bars. Venue is a non-smoking area.

Tourisking is banned in all public buildings in Mexico including restaurants and bars. Venue is a non-smoking area.ing is banned in all public buildings in Mexico including restaurants and bars. Venue is a non-smoking area.

Smoking is banned in all public buildings in Mexico including restaurants and bars. Venue is a non-smoking area.