Opinion pieces and features from our team, ESPA researchers and others working on science and practice relevant to ESPA…

Research Changing Lives Around the World: Examples of ESPA’s Impact

26 March, 2015
By Paul van Gardingen, ESPA Director
The ESPA programme defines impact as a process which leads to change in people’s lives and/or the natural environment.  If you read our Impact Strategy you will see that the programme expects all projects to have the potential to deliver significant and sustainable impact.  We also recognise that building impact can take time and for this reason it may not always be seen whilst a project is in its operational phase.  For this reason it is always a pleasure to be able to share stories of impact from our projects.
Many ESPA researchers work in British Universities which last year were evaluated for the excellence of their research and its impact as part of the Research Excellence Framework.  I know that several ESPA research papers were submitted, and I’m very pleased hear  that the programme has also contributed to at least three impact case studies, demonstrating the way that ESPA’s research is changing lives around the world.
The three impact case studies all have links to the early ESPA...
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Water security: Lessons from Nepal on sustainable management and adapting to climate change

25 March, 2015
By Hemant Ojha, ESPA Project: The Political Economy of Water Security, Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods in the Western Himalayas
The Himalayan mountain range has abundant natural resources. There is plenty of land for agriculture and it supplies water to around 1 billion people downstream. In theory all this natural capital can harvested and then converted into manmade capital and wealth but this only sustainable through conservation and proper management. Despite its location Nepal has not witnessed significant economic development, poverty is increasing and environmental degradation is a growing problem. Hemant Ojha from ESPA’s The Political Economy of Water Security, Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods in the Western Himalayas project which is exploring the water security issues common to many of the small towns in the mountains of Nepal explains why ecosystem management,  infrastructure development and economic development need to be one package and how this could help the country tackle its regional issues and adapt to global problems such as climate change.
Securing water for its 15,000...
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