ESPA 2016 Annual Science Conference
17 – 18 November 2016 – Nairobi, Kenya
This year’s Annual Science Conference will focus on synthesising learning across projects to answer the ‘big questions’ ESPA was established to address:
– How do ecosystem services influence human well-being in different ecosystems / locations and for different socio-economic groups?
– How will this change over time and what is driving this change?
– What options exist to mediate linkages so that human well-being is enhanced and ecosystems are conserved?
– What are the barriers / uncertainties inhibiting simultaneous achievement of the conservation and development outcomes and how can we overcome them? This includes those relating to governance and decision-making.
What is ESPA?
The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme aims to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge research that will improve understanding of the way ecosystems function, the services they provide and their relationship with the political economy and sustainable growth.
ESPA’s research will provide the evidence and tools to enable decision-makers to manage ecosystems sustainably and in a way that contributes to poverty alleviation.
ESPA is a global interdisciplinary research programme funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change partnership.
The ESPA programme will issue a series of competitive calls for proposals. In addition to the main ESPA call in 2010 for consortium projects, there will be additional opportunities for smaller projects designed to complement ESPA’s initial research investments. The ESPA Directorate will issue a series of calls for proposals covering activities including capacity building, research into use, knowledge synthesis and evaluation.
ESPA’s goal is to ensure that, in developing countries, ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty alleviation as well as to inclusive and sustainable growth.