‘Carbon credits’ often reward industry or large landowners for reducing greenhouse gases, but could such programmes be designed to help the rural poor preserve the ecosystems they rely on? This project established the first community-based carbon credit project for mangroves - demonstrating how to run such schemes and channel funds back to local villages, whilst meeting the expectations of the international carbon market. It mapped out the potential value of mangroves across Kenya, and is talking with officials about how the Swahili Seas...
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 [dot] ac [dot] uk (subject: Impact%20Strategy) . This is a living document so please check back regularly for updates.