Mountain ecosystems are some of the most threatened. Survival in these regions means battling not only against the weather, but loss of forests, declines in farmland and threats to drinking water. The complex, dynamic, and remote nature of these ecosystems makes their status hard to monitor and to predict. Working in Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal and Peru, this project is testing suitable technologies which would allow marginalised mountain communities to record and communicate environmental data, thereby shaping local decision making.
Impact is at the heart of ESPA. ESPA’s research will improve the lives of poor people in developing countries by filling knowledge gaps that currently limit the way that ecosystem services contribute to the alleviation of poverty. ESPA’s Impact Strategy describes how the ESPA programme will ensure that this new knowledge is used to deliver significant and sustainable development impact.
ESPA’s approach to achieving impact on people’s lives is innovative and consists of four interlinked components, all of which are delivered by working through people and partnerships, as shown in the programme’s Impact Framework (see Figure 1 below).
Figure 1: ESPA's Impact Framework.
Please visit the Making an Impact page to view ESPA's impact stories.
As a researcher, you can draw on many tools to help turn your research into impact, including:
- Impact Toolkit (ESRC): tools and guidance for creating impact
- Research Into Use (DFID): includes examples of how to successfully plan and create impact
- Research into Action (DFID)
- Pathways to Impact guidance (NERC)
- Development Assistance Committee’s Criteria for Evaluating Development Assistance (OECD): can help identify and report on ‘development impact’
- RCUK Impact Framework
- RCUK 'What do we mean by impact'
- Theory of Change
If you have any feedback on the ESPA Impact Strategy, please send it to admin [at] espa.ac.uk (subject: Impact%20Strategy) . This is a living document so please check back regularly for updates.