Managing coastal and marine ecosystems to support the wellbeing of the poor

ESPA has released the agenda and abstracts of its full-day special session on Managing coastal and marine ecosystem services to support the wellbeing of the poor in conjunction with the 10th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Symposium.

The event took place at the Julius Nyere Conference Centre, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on 2 November 2017. Further detail is available on the conference website – and see also our event page with the full list of speakers.

The day began with exploring the results of ESPA research into fisheries and coastal and marine ecosystem services. Presenters and participants looked at ecosystem services’ role in alleviating poverty and supporting human wellbeing – and the relation to global policy and legal frameworks that call for an ecosystems approach to fisheries management.

The discussion drew on the findings of ESPA’s fisheries-related research projects:

• Assessing health, livelihoods, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in populous deltas (DELTAS);
• Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services: Investigating Elasticities, Feedbacks and Tradeoffs (SPACES);
• Coastal Ecosystem Services in East Africa (CESEA);
• Global Learning Opportunities for Regional Indian Ocean Adaptation (GLORIA);
• Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems through Trade-off Scenario (ASSETS);
• Building Capacity for Sustainable Governance in South Asian Fisheries; and
• Marine Benefits.

A video presentation highlighted: What are the impacts of marine resource management on multidimensional poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa? – drawing upon a recent synthesis project by the African Centre for Evidence.

In the afternoon, participants discussed a presentation from the leaders of a carbon storage initiative in coastal Kenya: Mikoko Pamoja (Mangroves Together).

Finally the Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES) team presented key findings from three broad themes from its research on ecosystem services in coastal Kenya and Mozambique:

  • how poverty, wellbeing, and ecosystem service benefits are multidimensional and reach beyond income.
  • how ecosystem services are unequally distributed across social groups.
  • lessons from the ‘co-production’ of knowledge on ecosystem services and poverty.

The afternoon concluded with a demonstration of the The Ecosystem Service and Wellbeing Intervention Screening Tool (ESWIST) The tool brings to life in graphical form the SPACES project’s data on deprivation of basic human needs and the links between dimensions of wellbeing and coastal ecosystem services in Kenyan and Mozambican study areas.

Download ESPA’s conference brochure with the abstracts and presenters' details, below.