March 2013 Newsletter

Contents

  1. Editorial: Enhancing ESPA Science
  2. ESPA 2013 Annual Science Conference: Call for Abstracts
  3. ESPA EIRG Project Highlight: Biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: assessing the current state of the evidence
  4. From an ESPA Programme Framework Grant: Soap Security - African Home Economics After the Biofuel Hype
  5. Increased Public Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research
  6. How can Science Help us Prepare for Natural Disasters?
  7. NERC Follow-on Fund/Knowledge Exchange Call Announcement
  8. Funding Opportunity: DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme - Call 2
  9. Funding Opportunity for Collaborative Research on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Asia: Call for Concept Notes
  10. Valuing Nature Network Event: Valuing Nature: Bringing the environment into economic decision-making
  11. A Responsive Database in Agricultural Research
  12. What is the Evidence on Evidence-Informed Policy Making?
  13. Articles of Interest to the ESPA Community
  14. Other News and Information of Interest to ESPA
  15. Events
  16. Recent ESPA Blogs
  17. Useful ESPA Documents
  18. Videos on the ESPA website
  19. ESPA Adverts from Projects

Editorial: Enhancing ESPA Science

By Paul van Gardingen, ESPA Director

One of the main roles of the ESPA Directorate is to add value to ESPA projects, enhancing the quality of the programme’s science and its use. 

This month, I am very pleased to report that you can now access the growing list of academic publications on the ESPA website. Just click on www.espa.ac.uk/publications to see the current list, which is updated regularly using information provided by projects through their standard reporting. The current list has just over fifty publications, but with projects just finishing their reporting for the current year, you will be able to see many more by the end of March. You can click on any of the publications, get access to abstracts (and, if your institution permits, full text) and even download the citation into your bibliographic software.

Having this information about ESPA’s publications also lets the programme see which papers are being used, and for what. At present, the programme’s most cited paper is a paper on “Poverty, sustainability and human wellbeing: A social wellbeing approach to the global fisheries crisis” by Coultard et al. (2011). This is closely followed by a paper discussing “How can ecologists help realise the potential of payments for carbon in tropical forest countries?” by Baker et al. (2010). Both of these papers have been cited by authors who are using ESPA’s research to help set the future research and policy environment linking ecosystem services and human well-being. 

I am expecting to see a steady flow of academic papers over the coming year as the 18 ESPA Programme Framework Grant projects close. We will be highlighting key papers emerging from the programme in future newsletters. ESPA is one of the first research programmes in the UK to make the link between project reporting and the programme’s website in this way. I hope that readers find this information useful and that our research is well used!

The second change that I am very pleased to announce this month is changes to the programme’s International Programme Advisory Committee (I-PAC). Members are appointed for periods of between two and four years.  After its first two years, I want to thank three members who are leaving the committee, David Kaimowitz, Garry Peterson and Pavan Sukhdev. Their assistance during ESPA’s first two full years has been really important in providing advice helping to set the direction of the programme. I am equally pleased to welcome three new members to the Committee. John Adeoti, from the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, brings his experience of economics and innovation systems. Frances Seymour will join us from the United States bringing her recent experience as Director General of the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) where she was heavily involved in using research to influence policy and practice around the world. Finally, from South Africa, Christo Fabricius joins the I-PAC from the Sustainability Research Unit at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where his research is directly relevant to ESPA’s agenda in Africa and around the world. I will ask each of the new members of I-PAC to introduce themselves in future newsletters.

Over the next few weeks the programme is making the final selection of a set of new projects that will commence later this year and finalise plans for a number of new schemes for capacity strengthening fellowships, early career research grants, and a regional opportunity fund designed to help put ESPA’s research into use. As usual, make sure you check the next issue of the newsletter for more information.


ESPA 2013 Annual Science Conference: Call for Abstracts

The closing date for the submission of abstracts is the 19th of April 2013, 5pm UK time.

The ESPA 2013 Annual Science Conference will be taking place at Charles Darwin House, London, UK on the 20th and 21st of November. The draft conference programme is available here.

The call for abstracts for sessions at the conference is now open. The ESPA Directorate is seeking abstracts for the following:

  • Conference Talks (open call): Researchers are invited to submit an abstract for a 12-minute talk, which will be followed by 3 minutes of questions.
  • Speed Presentations (these are open only to the ESPA-funded projects listed here): ESPA Evidence and Impact Research Grants, ESPA Programme Framework Grants, ESPA-2011 Grants and ESPA-2012 Grants are invited to submit an abstract for a speed presentation of no more than 5 minutes. After all the presentations, speakers will each be given a table where conference participants will be able to speak to the presenters individually about their research. 
  • Posters (open call): Researchers are invited to submit an abstract for an A0-sized conference poster. Submissions for posters are welcome from those also submitting abstracts for conference talks on a different topic.

If you wish to have a session at the 2013 ESPA Annual Science Conference you must complete an Abstract Submission Form and submit it by email to pa [at] espa [dot] ac [dot] uk, no later than 5pm (UK time) on April 19th, 2013.

You cannot submit an abstract for both a Conference Talk and a Speed Presentation. On the Abstract Submission Form you must select only one or the other. If you are submitting an abstract for a Conference Talk you can submit an abstract for a Conference Poster, providing it is on a different topic. If you are submitting an abstract for a Speed Presentation, you cannot also submit an abstract for a Conference Poster.

If your submission is accepted, you will be informed by email during the week commencing 06th May. All selected abstracts will be published in the conference programme, which will be available on the website.

The closing date for the submission of abstracts is the 19th of April 2013, 5pm UK time.

For any queries, please contact info [at] espa [dot] ac [dot] uk (Ruth Swanney).


ESPA Evidence and Impact Research Grant Project Highlight: Biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: assessing the current state of the evidence

By Dilys Roe, Project PI, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Which components of attributes of biodiversity affect (positively or negatively) which dimensions of poverty? This is the question that this ESPA project – implemented by IIED and the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre – is seeking to address through a “systematic map” of the peer-reviewed and grey literature.

Systematic mapping is a process to map out and categorise the existing literature on a particular topic. Developed by the Eppi-Centre (http://eppi.ioe.ac.uk/cms/), it is a tool that “offers policy makers, practitioners and researchers an explicit and transparent means of identifying narrower policy and practice-relevant review questions.” It also enables the identification of gaps in the evidence base.

There is an explicit assumption that conserving biodiversity (or reducing the rate of biodiversity loss) can help in efforts to tackle global poverty. Evidence of this assumption lies in the target that parties to the CBD agreed in 2002: “to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation [emphasis added] and to the benefit of all life on earth”. The development community also bought into this assumption: when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were formulated in 2000, for example, Goal 7 included a target to “reverse the loss of environmental resources”, one indicator of which was the area of land under protection for biodiversity. Subsequently, the CBD “2010 Target” was included as a new target within MDG7 following the 2006 UN General Assembly with additional biodiversity indicators.  More recently, the CBD’s new Strategic Plan (2011–2020), agreed at the 10th Conference of Parties in Nagoya, Japan in October 2010, continues to emphasise the link between achieving conservation goals and reducing poverty: its mission being to “take effective and urgent action to halt the loss of biodiversity in order to ensure that by 2020 ecosystems are resilient and continue to provide essential services, thereby securing the planet’s variety of life, and contributing to human well-being, and poverty eradication”.

Our research is stimulated by an interest in better understanding the evidence behind the broad claims made by the United Nations and others about the role of biodiversity in contributing to poverty alleviation. We note wide recognition of the multi-dimensionality of poverty but see no consensus as to what actually constitutes poverty alleviation. Furthermore, many case studies of biodiversity–poverty linkages focus predominantly on income effects rather than on other dimensions of poverty. Similarly, there is wide variation in the use of the term “biodiversity”. The CBD defines biodiversity as “the variability among living organisms …”. However, the term is often used to refer to amount in terms of abundance of species and populations, or to specific elements of biodiversity rather than variety per se.  Disaggregating the terms and exploring which particular components/attributes of biodiversity affect which components/attributes of poverty will help us to understand the substance behind the claims and assumptions implicit in the CBD, MDGs and elsewhere that biodiversity can make a contribution to poverty alleviation.

To be as comprehensive as possible in our search for relevant literature we have thrown our net wide and spent many a long day experimenting with different combinations of search terms until we are as certain as we can be that we are not missing any key literature. The trade-off is the number of titles and abstracts we have had to plough through in order to eliminate the inevitable irrelevant bulk!! 2000 abstracts and many websites later we are just about to embark on the “data extraction” process, reading the articles that have made it through our inclusion/exclusion process and date in our mapping process. We will be collecting data and categorising the literature according to the following:

  1. Basic information: e.g. dimension of poverty, component of biodiversity, type of intervention, ecosystem studied
  2. Details of evidence type: e.g. study design, methodology
  3. Relevant detail considered by study: e.g. resource rights regime, land tenure regime, power relations, trade-offs.
  4. Details of outcomes: distribution, duration of impacts and sustainability of impacts.

We have also put a lot of thought into what constitutes good evidence in the context of ecosystem services, biodiversity and poverty alleviation. We recognise the current attention afforded to randomised controlled trials (RCTs) in evidence-based policy making but we also recognise that such approaches are not necessarily applicable in a conservation context. We also recognise that different stakeholders have different interpretations of what constitutes quality. A discussion paper on this issue has been produced as part of this project and is available on our website http://povertyandconservation.info/en/pages/biodiversity-poverty-evidence.

After some long months of reading the project is due to finish in the middle of 2013 and we look forward to reporting back on the full results of the study.


From an ESPA Programme Framework Grant: Soap Security - African Home Economics After the Biofuel Hype

The development of biofuels over the last decade has been highly controversial, with negative media attention focusing on the impacts of subsidized biofuel production on food prices, the destruction of the rainforest to make way for new plantations or farms, and the trampling of local land rights. This criticism has led to the quest for more sustainable biofuels, with efforts to develop best practice and certification schemes, and to identify new “candidate crops” for sustainable biofuel production. Jatropha curcas rose to prominence among these candidates. Read more from this ESPA Programme Framework Grant article on The Solutions Journal website.


Increased Public Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research

The Obama Administration announced last month a new directive which will allow the public greater access to federally-funded research. The policy memorandum instructs Federal agencies with more than $100m research and development expenditure to develop ways to make the results of their research publicly available within one year of publication. This embargo period brings the federal agencies in line with the National Institute of Health’s Public Access Policy which requires scientists to submit papers to the freely accessible PubMed Central within 12 months. The move has been heralded as a "landmark" by open-access advocates such as SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

The UK Collaborative on Development Scientists (UKCDS) has been thinking about the wider move towards Open Access for development research, investigating how it might affect researchers based in developing countries and the joint funded programmes of their members such as ESPA  and ZELS (Zoonoses and Emerging Livestock Systems).

UKCDS has been following some interesting online debates and twitter discussions around the opportunities and challenges for Open Access in developing countries and will continue to provide up-to-date information on how this develops across their 14 members.


How can Science Help us Prepare for Natural Disasters?

In June 2012, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) identified six recommendations on how the UK could improve its use of science advice in predicting and preparing for disasters. The recommendations are outlined in a report on the ‘Use of Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters’ (the SHED report).

At the request of the GCSA, the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) was asked to provide a secretariat to take forward the recommendations from the report.

Progress made so covers:

  • Identifying risks
  • Responding to emergencies
  • Accessing the right experts
  • Informing future DRR research programmes

Read more on the progress made on the UKCDS website.


NERC Follow-on Fund/Knowledge Exchange Call Announcement

Applications are invited to NERC’s Follow-on Fund and NERC’s Knowledge Exchange (KE) Call.

NERC is running the Follow-on Fund in combination with the Knowledge Exchange Call. Both are designed to enable researchers to further develop the output from NERC funded research in order to deliver impact.

The Follow-on Fund is aimed at supporting activity focused upon the commercialisation of research outputs.

The KE Call aims to support the development of outputs, such as products, models, tools, etc., which have the potential to generate significant impact through meeting the needs of users but generate no commercial return.

An 'Expression of Interest' (EoI) stage has been introduced in an attempt to eliminate unsuitable proposals before applicants spend a lot of time on an un-fundable submission; and to help applicants with potentially good ideas put in the strongest possible 'full' proposal. (Brief) feedback will be provided on both successful and unsuccessful EoIs.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Tuesday 26 March 2013.  Only applications passing the EoI stage will be invited to make a full submission.

The closing date for subsequent full proposals is 4pm, 5 June 2013.

NERC also funds a Follow-on Fund 'Pathfinder' scheme to support small-scale, specific activities that can help develop a better understanding of future work needs and may be beneficial when submitting a full Follow-on Fund application.

More information and contact details are at:


Funding Opportunity: DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme - Call 2

ESRC and DFID are pleased to announce a second call of the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme.

Outline proposals are invited for projects with a Full Economic Cost (FEC) value of a minimum of £100,000 and above. The duration of projects should range from a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years. The total budget for this call will be £10.25 million.

Research under this call should address one or more of three main themes:

  • Theme 1: Agriculture and growth
  • Theme 2: Financial sector development and growth
  • Theme 3: Innovation and productivity growth in low-income countries

Geographical focus

Funded research should generate new knowledge of international relevance that has significant potential to benefit the lives of poor people in Low-Income Countries (LICs). Applicants must describe what their projects will do to ensure that poor people living LICs benefit from their research.

Programme research may also be conducted in Middle-Income Countries (MICs), where it can be demonstrated that the research will generate new knowledge that has the potential to benefit the lives of poor people in LICs. Applicants must demonstrate in their proposal how a project undertaking research in a MIC has relevant lessons for poverty reduction in one or more LICs.

Deadline for applications: 16.00 UK time on 25 April 2013.

For full details of the call, please see the call webpage: www.esrc.ac.uk/degp

If you have any queries about the call, please contact Lisa Seyers or Mary Day at DFID_Growth [at] esrc [dot] ac [dot] uk


Funding Opportunity for Collaborative Research on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Asia: Call for Concept Notes

The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) is a seven-year research programme, launched in 2012, jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

CARIAA supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research in three climate change hot-spots in Africa and Asia: deltas, river basins affected by glacial and snowpack melt, and semi-arid regions.

Visit the CARIAA website for more information about their approach.

CARIAA are now inviting submissions for research consortia interested in joining the CARIAA initiative. A call for concept notes on collaborative adaptation research in the three hot-spots is now open until April 4, 2013.

The selected consortia would be expected to lead innovative programs of research into the impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations in the hot spots from 2013 to 2019.

Find out what they’re looking for and how you can apply by reading the call documents and Frequently Asked Questions on their website

CARIAA encourages strong southern participation and innovative collaborations among various types of institutions in both Africa and Asia.

Note that each application must involve a proposed consortium of three to five institutions. See the call documents for details.

From more information visit the funding page on the CARIAA website.


Valuing Nature Network Event: Valuing Nature: Bringing the environment into economic decision-making

Tuesday 19 March 2013, London, UK

Incorporating the natural environment and the services it provides within conventional, economic decision making is one of the major challenges facing the UK and indeed global community; both economic and environmental sustainability are intimately entwined. This is not just an academic debate – this is the greatest challenge to the long term viability of society.

The Valuing Nature Network unites novel natural science research with economics to bring the natural environment into government and business sector decision making. Indeed it directly supports and demonstrates the policy and business impact of research.

The event on 19 March 2013 will highlight successes from the Network, including insights into partnership working between academia, policy and business; and the benefits of working across academic disciplines.

In a series of short talks, Network speakers will show how the current Valuing Nature Network projects have addressed the key research challenges that were set out at the start of the initiative.

Speakers from the Valuing Nature Network management team include Professor Rosie Hails, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Professor Dave Raffaelli, University of York
Professor Steve Albon, James Hutton Institute and Professor Ian Bateman, University of East Anglia.

In addition to Network speakers, a number of high-profile speakers have already been secured to illustrate the Network's relevance to both UK policy-making and the wider academic picture.

Speakers include:

  • Secretary of State for the Environment, the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP
  • Professor Ian Boyd, Defra Chief Scientific Advisor
  • Professor Gretchen Daily, Stanford University (USA)
  • Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, from the University of Cambridge
  • Ian Cheshire, CEO Kingfisher and Chair of the Defra Ecosystem Markets Task Force
  • Professor Dieter Helm, CBE, Chair of the UK Natural Capital Committee
  • Professor Brett Day, University of East Anglia
  • Adrian Alsop, Director of Research, Partnerships and International Directorate, Economic and Social Research Council

Watch the event live via the free webcast

Although the registration of interest to attend the event has now closed, you will still be able to take part in the event via the free webcast.Here are the log-in details.

For more details please visit the VNN event page.


A Responsive Database in Agricultural Research

The CGIAR Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS) programme is planning to launch a new GIS database, providing detailed geographical information on worldwide food production systems.

AAS is led by the World Fish centre. With more than 700 million people dependent on Aquatic agricultural systems, living in coastal areas or in flood plains, AAS recognises the unique and diverse challenges faced by these communities. With rising sea levels and increasingly extreme weather patterns, people working in aquatic agriculture are often more vulnerable to climate change and reduced food security.

AAS conducts participatory action research within these communities in order to reduce this vulnerability. Studying the integrated farming strategies of existing communities in these areas, the programme aims to reduce poverty, marginalisation and climate change sensitivity by maximising the productivity of these methods and developing new adaptive, sustainable agricultural strategies.

The programme’s work is carried out within six major themes:

  1. Sustainable increases in system productivity
  2. Equitable access to markets
  3. Social-ecological resilience and adaptive capacity
  4. Gender equality
  5. Policies and institutions to empower AAS users
  6. Knowledge sharing, learning, and innovation

Read more on the DFID website.


What is the Evidence on Evidence-Informed Policy Making?

In February 2012, over fifty delegates representing eighteen countries and four continents attended the International conference on Evidence-Informed Policy Making in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. The purpose of the Conference was to go beyond anecdote and assumptions and to focus on the actual evidence on evidence- informed policy making (EIPM). During the three day conference, participants discussed research which has examined the communication of research to policy makers; the capacity of policy makers to use research; the incentives which drive policy makers to use research and much more. The resulting discussions were enlightening and stimulating. The conference revealed that even amongst those working in the field, there are divergent views on what evidence-informed policy is and how it relates to policy influencing agendas. It also became clear that in some areas there is a lack of robust research evidence. In particular, there is a shortage of evidence on policy makers’ actual capacity to use research evidence and there is even less evidence on effective strategies to build policy makers’ capacity. Furthermore, many presentations highlighted the insidious effect of corruption on use of evidence in policy making processes.

This paper explores and summarises the discussions that took place during the event.


Articles of Interest to the ESPA Community

  • Biodiversity-Based Business in Peru Can Power Green Economy: UNEP Study

Goods and services derived from biodiversity (known as BioTrade) in Peru have grown by 20 per cent in the last five years, generating significant revenue and promoting sustainable development, while simultaneously supporting pro-poor development. Read more from an article published recently by the UNEP News Centre.

  • The latest weADAPT news update

Of possible interest to ESPA readers is the latest news update from weADAPT. The update includes news on adaptation and mitigation strategies of Andean communities in Peru and Bolivia, water management issues around model forests in Chile, food security considerations in Kenya, multiple stressors facing coastal villagers in Tanzania and integrated local development planning in Thailand.

  • Key global development publications released in 2012

See some of the key global development publications release during 2012.

  • The latest DIVERSITAS Newsletter

Read the latest DIVERSITAS update. Highlights include news on Future Earth, DIVERSITAS at IPEBES-1 and a recent GEO BON meeting.

  • First newsletter from ProEcoServ

Read the first newsletter from ProEcoServ. The Project for Ecosystem Services (ProEcoServ) is a GEF-funded umbrella project aimed at piloting the bundling of ecosystem services and the integration of ecosystem services approaches into resource management and decision-making. The overall goal of the project is to better integrate ecosystem assessment and economic valuation of ecosystem services into sustainable national development planning.

See the January and February Eldis bulletins that highlights recent publications and announcements on climate change and development issues.


Other News and Information of Interest to ESPA

  • First Session of the Plenary of IPBES

The historic first session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1) took place from 21st until 26th January 2013, in Bonn, Germany. Over 500 participants attended the meeting, representing IPBES member (89) and non-member (23) governments and various stakeholder groups, including the scientific community. ICSU, the International Council for Science, attended as a representative of the scientific community. Read more.

  • Global science committee to fight poverty mooted in Brazil

Brazil's science minister has called upon the scientific community and the UN to create a global scientific committee with the goal of reducing world poverty. Marco Antonio Raupp made the proposal during his speech at a conference organised by the Global Network of Science Academies (IAP) — entitled Grand Challenges and Integrated Innovations: Science for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development. Read more.

  • African policymakers 'lack environmental data'

Policymakers in Africa lack the data they need to make decisions or budget properly on environmental issues, say experts. Read more.

  • Agricultural research 'must support local innovation'

New approaches to agricultural research and development (R&D) that support local innovation are needed in order to tackle global poverty, say agriculture experts. Read more.

  • What happens to the small farmers when the large ones take over?

Africa’s small farm sector is failing to lift millions out of poverty and policy makers are frustrated; so frustrated that they are urging the consolidation of smallholdings into larger commercial farms. The objective of such thinking is to increase the productivity of the land and improve the welfare of the rural population. Far less thought appears to be given to millions of rural families that would be dispossessed of their land to make way for larger mechanised commercial units. Read more in a recent CGIAR Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog by Stephan Carr.

  • An ecosystems approach: from islands of success to oceans of change

Alain Vidal, Director of the Challenge Program on Water and Food, shares reflections from the launch of the “Get the solutions flowing” campaign on the eve of World Wetlands Day which took place in early February 2013. Read more in a recent CGIAR Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog.


Events

ESPA-related Events

  • ESPA's 2013 Annual Science Conference

Location: London, UK

Date: 20 and 21 November 2013

ESPA’s 2013 Annual Science Conference will be held on the 20th and 21st of November at Charles Darwin House, London, UK.

The call for abstracts is now open! Read more.

  • ESPA Projects Launch: ASSESTS and DELTAS

Date: March 22, 2013 - 01:00 pm to 05:00 pm

Location: University of Southampton, UK

Multidisciplinary Research Week 2013 at the University of Southampton

‘Ecosystem services’ is a term used to describe the multitude of resources humans benefit from nature such as clean air, water, and food. As human population grow so do the demands on resources.

Research currently being undertaken at Southampton seeks to improve the lives of more than one billion people living in poverty around the world by providing policy makers with tools to enable them to manage ecosystems sustainably, and reduce poverty.

Professor Guy Poppy will discuss the ESPA ASSESTS project which is developing modelling and risk management tools to address issues linked with food security and nutritional health for the millions of rural poor living in the forest and agriculture landscapes in Amazonia and Africa.

River deltas are home to an estimated 500 million people living in significant poverty, with particular concentrations in Asia and Africa. Working in close relationship with the government of Bangladesh and other global partners, Professor Robert Nicholls will discuss the ESPA DELTAS Project and research being carried out to evaluate the effects of development policy decisions on people's living conditions.

 Other Events

Location: Norwich, UK

Date: 10 June 2013 – 14 June 2013

 

Location: Norwich, UK
 

Date: 8 July 2013 – 19 July 2013

 

 

Location: Bali, Indonesia

Date: 26 August 2013 – 30 August 2013

 

Location: Norwich, UK
 

Date: 4 September 2013 – 17 September 2013
 

Location: Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
 

Date: 29 September 2013 – 2 October 2013
 


Recent ESPA Blogs

In case you missed any of the recent ESPA blogs, please visit the ESPA website to catch up.

Most recent posts have included one by Wei Zhang (Co-Investigator on the ESPA project Landscape Diversity and Ecosystem Services in Agricultural Ecosystems: Implications for Sustainable Growth and Rural Poverty in China), titled ‘Landscapes, beetles and cotton: nature’s answer to pest control’ and one by Professor Mark Huxham (PI of the ESPA project Swahili Seas), titled ‘Wise Ignorance’.


Useful ESPA Documents

Many useful ESPA-related documents are held on the ESPA website in the Toolkit section.

Of particular interest to current ESPA researchers are the ESPA Strategy documents:  the ESPA Knowledge Strategy, the Impact Strategy and the ESPA Communications Strategy are all available.

The ESPA Toolkit presents various guidance and policy notes on creating impact, data management, the use of ESPA logos, open access, reporting requirements and interdisciplinary working.

ESPA’s Poverty Framework is also available on the website. Whilst much work has been done on defining what is meant by ecosystem services, there has been less focus on the meaning of poverty in the context of ESPA. The simple and practical poverty framework addresses this imbalance.

A fully searchable list of ESPA-funded academic publications is also available.


Videos on the ESPA website

Please visit the ESPA website video archive to see videos from the ESPA Directorate, ESPA grant holders and videos which might be of general interest to ESPA readers.

If you have any videos of interest that we can share on the ESPA website please send details to pa [at] espa [dot] ac [dot] uk (Ruth Swanney) for consideration.


ESPA Adverts from Projects

This section of our Newsletter is devoted to adverts and requests from ESPA projects (e.g. adverts from projects requesting data or information on a particular topic or a simple request for some specific help/advice from the ESPA global community).

If you would like to post an advert or a request please let the ESPA Directorate know by contacting pa [at] espa [dot] ac [dot] uk (Ruth Swanney), and it will feature in a future Newsletter.

In the meantime, please post a link to the ESPA website on your website: our web link is www.espa.ac.uk.

Please note that the ESPA Directorate is now on Twitter! Follow us at 'espadirectorate'!

Month: 
March
Year: 
2013
Issue Date: 
Mon, 03/04/2013