ESPA London finale

14 Jun 2018
Date/Time: 16:30, 19:00, 14 June, 2018
Venue: North side 8th Floor, Bush House, Kings College London

ESPA's Programme Executive Board, the Directorate and advisors at the UK finale event, where representatives from the UK's funding, research and policy communities gathered to discuss the implications of ESPA's findings.

Governing environmental resources to end poverty

Faced with a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world, decision makers require robust evidence and practical solutions to address the interconnected global challenges of persistent poverty, environmental degradation and international development.

After 9 years of leading-edge interdisciplinary research, the ESPA programme sheds new light on how to cut through complexity and manage trade-offs to achieve sustainability and leave no one behind.

Looking forward 

ESPA's findings are especially relevant to developing country governments and international aid agencies working to achieve sustainable and pro-poor development interventions – and the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals.

Through a discussion panel and networking with leading experts from across the environment and development professions, this event discussed how ESPA's insights and lessons can help set a more integrated agenda for future funding, research and policy.

Speakers and the expert panel


Host – Dr Kate Schreckenberg

Director of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programmeand a Reader in Development Geography at King’s College London.

Chair – Professor Charlotte Watts

Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department for International Development (DFID), and Professor of Social and Mathematical Epidemiology in the Department for Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Speaker Janet Ranganathan

Member of ESPA's International Programme Advisory Committee, and Vice President Science and Research at the World Resources Institute.

Panel moderator – Steve Bass

Chair of ESPA's Programme Executive Board and a Senior Associate in the Director's Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development.

Expert panelist – Professor Sosten Chiotha

Regional Director of the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) programme, Southern and Eastern Africa, and Professor at the University of Malawi.

Expert panelist – Professor Katrina Brown

Co-Chair of ESPA's International Programme Advisory Committee, and Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Exeter.

Expert panelist – John Carstensen

Head of Profession, Climate and Environment at DFID.

Expert panelist – Joanna Elliot

Senior Director of Conservation Partnerships at Fauna & Flora International.

Key messages from the ESPA programme