2018 ESCom Conference

Date and time:
28th June

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation
High School Yards

Register and submit abstracts here

In its fourth year, ESCom Scotland continues to develop as a community of practice comprised of individuals from science, policy and practice working on sustainable ecosystem management.

Our annual (free) conference will focus on using the concept of ecosystem services in practice. Key notes will present recent work by SEPA and Forest Carbon Ltd using the ecosystem services framework to support sustainable ecosystem management, and will be followed by presentations and interactive workshops by community members.

Keynote Nicola Melville (SEPA): How ecosystem services support One World Prosperity

SEPA is increasingly focused on the decisions that businesses, local authorities, land managers and investors make and how information on natural capital and ecosystem services can help inform their decisions. Nicola will introduce SEPA's One World Prosperity strategy, and explain how SEPA is building new partnerships to achieve change.

Keynote James Hepburne Scott (Forest Carbon Ltd): Planting woodlands for carbon and ecosystem services

Forest Carbon Ltd enables the creation of new woodlands for organisations wanting to mitigate the impact of their greenhouse gas emissions and make a contribution to wider environmental benefit. James will describe the company's journey over the last 12 years from an initial tree perspective to considering more explicitly a wider suite of ecosystem services.

Submissions for flash talks and workshops are now closed. However, please bring along posters and promotional material. Let us know during registration so we can provide the neccessary space.

Day's Itinery:

Coffee from 10.00

10.30 - 10.45

Welcome and ESCom Progress. Jan Dick and Marc Metzger (ESCom Co-Chairs)

10.45 - 11.15 

Key note 1: Nicola Melville (SEPA): How ecosystem services support One World Prosperity

11.15 - 11.45

Key note 2: James Hepburne Scott (Forest Carbon Ltd): Planting woodlands for carbon and ecosystem services

11.45 - 12.00

ESCom on Oppla – new community resource : Paul Mahoney

12.00 - 12.45

Lunch + networking + posters

12.45 - 13.45

Parallel workshops, 2x 30mins:

  • Oppla – registration & adding content: Paul Mahoney
  • ESCom – what should ESCom do next?: Jan Dick

13.45 - 14.35 

6 x 5min flash talks + 20min questions:

  • Jennifer Holzer, Israel Institute of Tecnhology - What are stakeholder views on value of Long Term Socio Ecological Research in the Cairngorms National Park?  
  • Hugh Kippen, TheUniversity of Glasgow - How can innovative green infrastructure options be included in traditional grey infrastructure projects? 
  • Maria Nijnik, James Hutton Institute - How can natural assets based social innovation support rural Scotland? 
  • Jessica Maxwell, James Hutton Institute- What are the tensions between plan-led and place-led approaches to green infrastructure? 
  • Chloe Bellamy, Forest Research- How and where to manage natural capital sustainably? 
  • Alessandro Gimona, James Hutton Institute- How can ecosystem services models predict the ecological status of Scottish catchments? 

14.35 - 15.00

Coffee & networking

15.00 - 15.5

6 x 5min flash talks + 20min questions:

  • Scott Herrett, James Hutton Institute - Do current policy instruments support the delivery of multiple ecosystem services? 
  • Donatien von Rohland, Scottish Natural Heritage - How can we integrate ecosystem services in impact evaluation? Lessons learnt from three SNH projects. 
  • Louise Sing, Forest Research / The University of Edinburgh - How can ecosystem services support decision-making in publicly owned plantation forests?  
  • Vanessa Burton, The University of Edinburgh - What is the common ground and disagreement in Scottish woodland expansion visions? 
  • Andrew Rattey, Forest Research - An Ecological Network Tool For Planners And Developers.
  • Andrea Baggio, James Hutton Institute - Do healthier ecosystems mean healthier people? 

15.50 - 16.15

Short report back from workshops & short plenary discussion 


Closing: Jan Dick and Marc Metzger

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