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

Empowering the Poor for Improved Ecosystem Services Benefits and Resilience

08 August, 2016
By Jyotiraj Patra (Regional Advisor, ESPA) and Yeeshu Shukla (Regional Resilience Officer, Christian Aid)

Key Take Outs:

  • Poor and marginalised people’s rightful access to, and equitable benefits from, ecosystem services is critical to their resilience and well-being.
  • Resilience building initiatives should better integrate and support activities to better manage ecosystem services in a given context.
  • Nuanced understanding on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and adaptation to climate change is key to resilience building in multi hazard zones at the frontlines.
  • Pro poor resilience building strategies require fostering multi stakeholder partnerships involving government, research institutions, non- government agencies and community groups.
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Building Sustainable Livelihoods Equitably

03 August, 2016
By Bouchra Chakroune


The story of the landless plight of Agustina Tarimo, living in a remote village in Tanzania, told by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an article published last week is sadly not an unfamiliar one.

The harsh reality faced by poor women struggling to build sustainable livelihoods in the face of ingrained cultural practices and complex laws, which favour men and hinder access to resources is an issue the ESPA programme has been highlighting in its work.

ESPA’s research is showing that women have access to and influence over ecosystem services in a ways that differ significantly from that of men. ESPA research has shown that women and men benefit from different baskets of ecosystem services, with men often focused on provisioning services or activities likely to generate income, and women having more emphasis on meeting the needs of households...

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