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Interview: How ESPA science can inform Kenya's development decisions

07 December, 2017

 

Liz Carlile, ESPA's Communications Advisor, inteviewed Anne Nyambane of the Stockholm Environment Institute Africa Centre, based in Kenya, about how her country could apply ESPA scientific insights to development decision-making. 

Is Kenya measuring its ecosystem services and their effect on poverty alleviation?

In Kenya, we have different ministries responsible for different ecosystem services.  All the different ministries are undertaking activities for their responsible areas. Take energy for example: the Ministry is trying to promote more sustainability around the use of fuel.  The charcoal sector is a big sector and it is trying to enhance sustainability through campaigns like ensuring when you cut one tree you plant two.  The government is also organising charcoal producers in to associations so that they will have a responsibility to drive this forward.  They are also being encouraged to use efficient kilns and use more sustainable transport to move charcoal around.

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Interview: How ESPA science can inform Uganda's development decisions

07 December, 2017
By Revocatus Twinomuhangi with Liz Carlile

Liz Carlile, ESPA’s Communications Advisor, caught up with Revocatus Twinomuhangi of Makerere University at the ESPA Science Conference 2017. Revocatus shared his views on how ESPA science can be relevant to Uganda’s pressing poverty and development challenges.

Is Uganda measuring its ecosystem services and their effect on poverty alleviation?

The concept of ecosystems is well known: it is recognised and used by academics and policy-makers in Uganda.  The most important ecosystems for Uganda are: forests, soils, water sources and so on. People recognise carbon sinks as important in regulating the climate. They also recognise the importance of ecosystems in providing food, fibre, medicines and other essential goods.

The issue of ecosystem services, however, is relatively new.  The benefits are known in principle, but  they are not properly quantified.  This always makes it a big problem – when explaining to policy-makers or communities why ecosystem services should...

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