This month I have the pleasure of welcoming the staff of five new ESPA projects to the programme. At the same time my team in the Directorate is seeking to expand our team by the appointment of a Regional Evidence Advisor for East and Southern Africa to be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
The new ESPA-2014 “Blue Skies” projects
bring the number of projects funded by ESPA to 104, with over 800 researchers now contributing to the programme. The new projects are also important at this stage of the programme in that they were designed to help set the agenda for the next decade of research linking ecosystem services to human well-being, environmental and economic sustainability. The five ESPA-2014 projects will help to position ESPA’s science to lead the next generation of science linking environment and society, a theme central to the UN’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals.
Our five new projects include three working on expanding and challenging our understanding of how ecosystem services contribute (or do not contribute) to poverty alleviation... Read more