I often find myself describing ESPA as a family. A family of researchers and users of ESPA research around the world. Today I am very pleased to welcome new projects and people to ESPA and to remind people of the new opportunity to join ESPA, through a set of ESPA Fellowships.
ESPA’s new grants come in a set of eleven really exciting ESPA-2013 projects. These projects address three themes: (1) sustainable, ecosystem-based pathways out of poverty/routes out of poverty; (2) ecosystem services and the urban environment; and (3) building on ESPA success.
These projects will add considerably to the global understanding of how ecosystem services contribute to the sustainable reduction of poverty around the work. The projects also expand the number of countries in which ESPA research is conducted to include Sri Lanka, the Democratic Republic of Laos, Swaziland and Mexico.
With these new projects, come new researchers. We welcome 60 new researchers to the ESPA programme and for me it is very pleasing to see the range of...Read more
The main activities of the ESPA programme started in September 2010 with the appointment of the ESPA Directorate and the commissioning of the first set of research projects, 18 Programme Framework Grants. Now, three years on, the programme is almost at its half-way stage and has commissioned three more sets of research grants (ESPA-2011, ESPA-2012 and the soon-to-be announced ESPA-2013 grants). With the award of the ESPA-2013 grants, the main activities of the programme will shift from commissioning research to ensuring the delivery of world-class research that can and will improve the lives of poor people in developing countries, especially those in low-income countries.
Over the last six months the ESPA Directorate and the programme has been planning a number of changes to support the programme as it changes gear to build impact. These include a number of staff changes in the Directorate and the design of new funding schemes with the aim of strengthening research capacity...Read more