Regional Symposium on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in South Asia

13 Mar 2018
Start Date/Time: 08:00, 13 March, 2018
End Date/Time: 17:00, 14 March, 2018
Venue: ICIMOD campus, Kathmandu, Nepal

Outputs from the ESPA Regional Finale conference: Practical approaches to improving human wellbeing and natural resources in South Asia

Tackling poverty in a rapidly changing world

South Asia faces the challenge of tackling persistent poverty at a time of rapid and large-scale changes in social, environmental, and economic conditions. Governance and management approaches across spatial scales that can deal with complexity and uncertainty in order to deliver benefits to both people and the natural resources they depend on are therefore required. 

Through presentations and group discussions, policy-makers, researchers and practitioners, this event explored the question: Could smart upstream-downstream management of natural resources—from mountains to deltas—hold the key to environmentally sustainable and equitable development for South Asia?

Organisers: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and ESPA in close collaboration with the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) Implementation Centre, Nepal.


Ecosystem services, poverty and wellbeing

Kate Schreckenberg, ESPA - ESPA headline findings

Golam Rasul, ICIMOD - Cryosphere ecosystem services and their role in food security and poverty alleviation in the HKH region

Naya Sharma Paudel, Forest Action - Political economy of ecosystem services and poverty reduction in Nepal

Governance, policy and institutions

Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge - Key insights from ESPA’s Political Economy of Water Resources project and governance synthesis

Santosh Mani Nepal and Ugan Manandhar - Governing ecosystem services: Institutions and policies in Nepal

Pratikshya Kandel, ICIMOD - Multidimensional assessment of ecosystem and ecosystem services in the Himalayas

Complexity and social change

Craig Hutton, University of Southampton - SDGs and trade-offs: A role for intergarted systems (ΔDIEM)

Mani Nepal, SANDEE - Complexities in valuation of multiple ecosystem services: Learning from the ICIMOD-SANDEE landscape programme

Fiona Marshall, University of Sussex, and Ritu Priya, Jawaharlal Nehru University - Key insights from ESPA's synthesis on urbanisation

Valuation of ecosystem services

Kate Schreckenberg, ESPA - Understanding ecosystem services valuation through the lens of wellbeing and justice

Rajesh Rai, SANDEE - Valuation of ecosystem services in the Himalayas

Tang Zhonglin, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences - Valuation of ecosystem services: Projects in Southwest China

Payments/compensation for ecosystem services

Ina Porras, IIED - Key insights from ESPA's synthesis on PES and conditional transfers

Keshav Khanal, Purna Bahadur Kunwar, WWF/ Hariyo Ban Program - Designing PES scheme at watershed level, learning from Phewa watershed

Bhaskar Karky, ICIMOD - Principles of PES in a REDD+ context in the Himalayas

'How to' achieve development impact in South Asia

Mahesh Poudyal, ESPA - Research for development impact: Lessons learned from the ESPA programme

Craig Hutton, University of Southampton - ESPA Deltas and the integrated ΔDIEM Model: Case study of the application to the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100

Wu Ning, ICIMOD - Generating knowledge on ecosystem services in the Hindu Kush Himalayas