Managing coastal and marine ecosystem services to support the wellbeing of the poor
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Presenters and facilitators:
- Salomao Bandeira, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
- Sam Mwangi, ESPA East Africa Impact Advisor
- Nyawira Muthiga, Wildlife Conservation Society
- Dominique Goncales, University of Kent
- Marlino Mubai, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
- Julio Machele, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
- Ida Gabrielsson, Stockholm Resilience Center
- Daniela Diz, University of Strathclyde
- James Kairo, KMFRI
- Mark Huxham, Edinburgh Napier University
- Sergio Rosendo, University of East Anglia
Speakers highlighted key lessons, practical tools, and policy guidance that was emerging from ESPA work in the Western Indian Ocean Region that explored the linkages between ecosystems and human wellbeing.
The concept of ecosystem services and their contributions to human wellbeing seeks to put people at the centre of environmental conservation and management initiatives. However, different people across multiple geographical scales can benefit from ecosystems in different and often complex ways. An understanding of the linkages between ecosystems and human wellbeing can guide managers to design interventions that maximise wellbeing and minimise ecosystem degradation. Over the past four years, the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme has funded three research projects in the Western Indian Ocean Region that explore these connections.
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