Near the top of the world: ESPA in Nepal

02 September, 2014
By Paul van Gardingen, ESPA Director
The Kingdom of Nepal has become a major centre for ESPA research in Asia. There are now five ESPA research projects active in Nepal including two of the eight new ESPA Fellowships that have been funded globally.
I have recently returned from Nepal where I was able to meet with many ESPA researchers and their partners to discuss the work that ESPA has supported. Time constraints limited my field visits to watersheds near the capital of Kathmandu. Even though I didn’t get close to the top of the world, I was able to experience first-hand the range of challenges facing the people of Nepal, and the demand for ESPA’s research in the region.
Sunrise in the foothills of the Himalayas showing a mosaic of land-use and land clearance.
Sunrise in the foothills of the Himalayas showing a mosaic of land-use and land clearance.
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Building Capacity for Ecosystem Services to Reduce Poverty

28 July, 2014
By By Paul van Gardingen, ESPA Director

Over the last month the ESPA programme has been very pleased to welcome eight very talented researchers who have been awarded ESPA Fellowships.  Over the next three years, our ESPA Fellows will be working with projects in Africa and South Asia to enhance their own capacity to undertake ESPA research, whilst also supporting the uptake of research to ensure that poor people benefit from the sustainable management and use of ecosystem services.  Over the coming months each of the new Fellows will be providing blogs about their work on the ESPA website.

This year’s ESPA Annual Meeting continues the theme of making ESPA’s science more accessible to groups who wish to put ESPA knowledge to use to benefit the poor.  For the first time, this meeting will be held outside the UK, with the conference being held in New Delhi India, on 26-27 November.  Registration is now open and I hope to see a mix of ESPA researchers, researchers from outside ESPA and most importantly potential users of ESPA research.  The meeting has a series of thematic sessions, linked to the key...

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