ESPA in the News

Below are some recent examples of where ESPA's research has been highlighted by other publications, websites or broadcasts.


August 2013

Conservation scheme delivers carbon cash to poor Kenyans

ESPA Director Paul van Gardingen is quoted in this Thomson Reuters article on a REDD-backed wildlife corridor between Kenya's Tsavo East and West National Parks.

Justice Matters...

The University of East Anglia's Development Department ran a feature (p9) in their annual newsletter on videos made by the ESPA funded project 'Just ecosystem management: linking ecosystem services with poverty alleviation'.


June/July 2013

Africa’s Ecosystem Stakeholders Take Stock Of Research Impact At Grassroots

A report from the Modern Ghana website about two meetings in Kenya that brought ESPA researchers together with stakeholders and policymakers from across East Africa. Africasti.com also covered the meeting.


May 2013

Mangrove conservation pays off for Kenya's coastal communities

A Thomson Reuters Foundation piece on community-run Mangrove conservation in Kenya talks about the Mikoko Pamoja PES scheme which was established by ESPA project Swahili Seas. The article also mentions the project's mangrove mapping work.


April 2013

Panic Slowly

As a new round of bird flu hits China, 'panic slowly' is the advice from Delia Grace, zoonoses expert with the Drivers of Disease Consortium. An article from ILRI news.

How multidisciplinary work was made meaningful for me

Gianni Lo Iacono, a mathematical modeller at the University of Cambridge working with the ESPA Drivers of Disease Consortium, wrote this blog for Nature's SoapboxScience website.


March 2013

Could Malawi’s ‘hidden hunger’ be tackled with enriched crops?

This is a Science Omega article on ESPA-funded work looking at dietary deficiencies in Malawi.


February 2013

Lassa fever: why there are more public health questions than answers

Writing in the Guardian, Lina Moses from the ESPA Drivers of Disease consortium asks: why is there no vaccine for Lassa fever?


January 2013

ASSETS project featured in Current Biology

PI of the ESPA ASSETS project, Guy Poppy, was interviewed for the article 'Food security in the times of climate change' in the wake of the two-day event on food security which he co-organised at the Royal Society.

Can Ghana match Brazilian sugar-cane yields?

Environmental Research Web spoke to Emily Wood about ESPA-funded research looking at the feasibility of a biofuel industry in Ghana.


December 2012

The United Kingdom and Colombia work for socio-environmental wellbeing

The journal Agricultura de las Américas published an article on British-Colombian co-operation which featured the ESPA ASSETS work in the Amazon region.

Animal Diseases and Human Health

James Wood talked about the ESPA Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa consortium in an EMBO Reports article titled 'Tackling animal diseases to protect human health'.


November 2012

Fighting the fly: drivers of disease in the Zambezi valley

Ian Scoones, from the ESPA Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa consortium, wrote in The Zimbabwean on the relationships between the testse fly, livestock, wildlife and people - and the potentially dangerous consequences. Ian also carried this on his blog Zimbabweland.


October 2012

ESPA project covered in Dundee University magazine

Terry Dawson spoke with Contact magazine about the ESPA Framework project ‘Poverty and ecology: developing a new evolutionary approach’.


July 2012

ESPA Drivers of Disease consortium featured in Guardian blog

Veterinary epidemiologist Delia Grace, from ESPA's Drivers of Disease consortium, wrote about the aims of the project for The Guardian's Poverty Matters blog.

The Economist blogs on ESPA-funded environmental health index

A blog on The Economist website featured a project supported by ESPA that produced the world’s first environmental health index to be based on long term historical data.


June 2012

New DFID publication champions ESPA

The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) recently published ‘Supporting a Healthy Environment: A fresh approach to our work on the environment’, which outlines the results and impacts of UK-supported environmental programmes in developing countries.

ESPA is highlighted as an example of how DFID base their work on the highest quality knowledge and evidence, with specific mention of ESPA's Kenyan-based project Swahili Seas – the world’s first ‘carbon credit’ project for mangroves.

ESPA Director, Paul van Gardingen commented: 'It’s great to see the importance of knowledge and evidence, and how it underpins everything DFID does, recognised. It’s particularly pleasing to see ESPA and Swahili Seas get a mention, and shows the fruitful returns of previous investment by both DFID and the UK’s research councils into world class research'.

Supporting a Healthy Environment can be downloaded from the DFID website.

ESPA Directors talk Rio

ESPA Director, Paul van Gardingen, and Deputy Director, Georgina Mace, have both commented on what Rio means for the future of sustainable development.

Paul wrote an article on the Rio+20 process and the input of research evidence for NERC's Planet Earth Online website, while Georgina contributed both an editorial and a podcast for PLoS Biology, which ask whether we really need to change our ways - or can we tehno-fix our way out of things?

Two ESPA projects are praised by ICSU Executive Director as examples of a 'new paradigm'

Of the three examples of how science could better engage with society given by ICSU Executive Director Steven Wilson in his opinion piece on the Al Jazeera website, two of them are ESPA funded projects. His comments came the same day ICSU launched its Future Planet initiative at Rio+20.


May 2012

Global Food Security interview with Paul van Gardingen

Read an interview with ESPA's Director on the UK Food Security programme's website.


April 2012

The world's first environmental health index - from an ESPA project

A project supported by ESPA has produced the world’s first environmental health index to be based on long-term historical data. This announcement raises hopes taht the work could be used to help safeguard the future of rural livelihoods across the developing world.

This story has been reported in NERC’s Planet Earth Online publication, on the Living with Environmental Change website, on the Phys.org website and has also been featured on DFID’s portal for research news, R4D.

Please also see an impact note on the project published by the ESPA Directorate.


Autumn 2011

Reciprocal Water Agreements

PI Nigel Asquith writes for Harvard University's ReVista magazine about how the ESPA project 'What types of investment can most cost-effectively ensure ecosystem service provision? A randomized program evaluation' came into being.


April 2011

Moderation in All Things

An article on the ESPA programme in NERC's Planet Earth by ESPA Director, Professor Paul van Gardingen.