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

Defining Poverty Is Vital If You Want To Fix It

22 February, 2017
By Frank Vollmer, Pedro Zorrilla-Miras and Bjorn Schulte-Herbruggen

What does poverty actually mean, and does it even matter? This fundamental question was discussed at a special session during the European Ecosystem Services Conference held in Antwerp last year.

ESPA researchers were the only participants looking at ecosytems at a global level, and more specifically in the context of helping poorer communities across the world. Here, in a joint blog, our researchers share the presentations and their insight in to why its vital to define poverty if you want to fix it.

The services that nature provides contribute to human wellbeing in many ways, as highlighted in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment project. Ecosystem services can act as a “safety net” for local communities to support livelihoods in times of crises, or they can be commercialised to provide a “pathway out of poverty” through the likes of eco-tourism, fisheries, charcoal production etc.

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Justice Is As Important As Wealth When Tackling Poverty

16 February, 2017
By Dr Neil Dawson

ESPA researcher Dr Neil Dawson gives us his personal perspective on justice and equity in a guest blog published to coincide with the UN’s World Day of Social Justice on 20 February 2017.

In recent years ambitious global agreements have been forged to harmonise social and environmental goals. The SDGs, Paris Agreement and Aichi Targets of the CBD all present aspirations for social justice alongside halting degradation of...

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