Mapping ecosystem services for agricultural improvement and human health in sub-Saharan Africa
This project was part of the ESPA scoping phase, which ran between 2008 and 2011. The resulting proposal for further funding was unsuccessful.
The broad remit of this project was the development of tools for Managing Ecosystem Services for Health and Agricultural Improvement in sub-Saharan Africa.
Within this sphere of activity, this Partnership and Project Development drew together a trans-disciplinary team capable of: quantifying and mapping the links between the ecosystem services and the health and well-being of the people who depended upon them; modelling the impacts of changes to the ecosystem upon the population dependent upon its 'services' including climate change; developing practical responses to both existing and potential problems, aimed at reducing impacts upon the ecosystem and alleviating poverty and health problems through sympathetically improved agriculture, and; delivering these tools to those responsible for formulating policy and making decisions at the African research and policy levels.
This consortium worked together to develop a full project along the above lines for submission under the ESPA Health Theme. The trans-disciplinary approach of this project enabled researchers from different disciplines and key actors to develop a common vision, while preserving the richness and strength of their respective areas of knowledge. By adopting this approach at the outset the research team avoided carrying out parallel studies whose results were pooled only at the end. The integration of knowledge and the mutual adoption of a common language and common goals, took place during the development phase, whilst the research problems were being defined.