The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment showed that the loss of services from ecosystems (for example deforestation, soil degradation, water purification) is a significant barrier to reducing poverty, hunger and disease. Tackling this set of problems requires a combination of environmental science, ecological economics and political economy. Three organisations, NERC, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Department for International Development (DfID) have joined forces in the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) initiative to deliver high quality and cutting-edge research that will improve our understanding of ecosystems in terms of the services they provide for poverty reduction and inclusive growth processes. The Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation programme aims to:
• create a strong research and evidence base on the interface between ecosystem services, their dynamics and management, human use and pathways to sustainable poverty reduction;
• develop innovative, interdisciplinary research and methodologies, delivering tools and approaches that enable the simulation and prediction of socio-ecological responses to multiple drivers;
• ensure high uptake of research outputs and synthesis by early and on-going engagement and communication with policy makers, practitioners and decision makers;
• enhance capacity of southern researchers to conduct, lead and use/communicate high quality ESPA-type interdisciplinary research, including through effective north-south and south-south research partnerships.
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Our initiatives database describes significant international initiatives designed to explore the links between conservation and poverty reduction, from broad poverty-environment programmes to focused single-issue agendas. Search by key word or implementing organisation.
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The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group is an international network of organisations that promotes learning on the linkages between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.
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