ASSETS: Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems through Trade-off Scenarios

Lead PI
Professor Guy Poppy
University of Southampton
Start Date
30 April, 2012
End Date
30 September, 2016
Project Code



This project aims to explicitly quantify the linkages between ecosystem services that affect - and are affected by - food security and nutritional health for the rural poor at the forest-agricultural interface.

By integrating a suite of complexity tools and cutting edge models with more traditional participatory assessments in the field, the project aims to:

  • identify how dynamic ecosystem services at the landscape scale translate to local-level nutritional diets and health
  • inform policy makers on how future land use and climate change will affect both food security and the ecosystem services associated with it. 

Further information:


Authors Title Year Citations
Chiotha, S. Partnership in Climate Change Adaptation 2017
H., Z.Duran;A., H.Arguello;Tapasco, J. A Methodological Approach For The Non-monetary Valuation Of Ecosystem Services In Three Communities Of The Colombian Amazon 2016
Francesconi, W.;Srinivasan, R.;Pérez-Miñana, E.;Willcock, S.P.;Quintero, M. Using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) to model ecosystem services: A systematic review 2016 6
Cruz-Garcia, G.S.;Sachet, E.;Vanegas, M.;Piispanen, K. Are the major imperatives of food security missing in ecosystem services research? 2016
Bax, V.;Francesconi, W.;Quintero, M. Spatial modeling of deforestation processes in the Central Peruvian Amazon 2016 4
Willcock, S.;Hossain, S.;Poppy, G.M. Managing Complex Systems To Enhance Sustainability 2016
Weyell, J.;Eigenbrod, F.;Hudson, M.;Kafumbata, D.;Tsirizeni, M.;Chiotha, S.;Poppy, G.;Wilcock, S. The impact of animals on crop yields in Malawian rural villages 2015
Peh, K. Changing Forest Dynamics: Plot-based Evidence 2015
Ramirez-Gomez, S.O.I.;Torres-Vitolas, C.A.;Schreckenberg, K.;Honzak, M.;Cruz-Garcia, G.S.;Willcock, S.;Palacios, E.;Pérez-Miñana, E.;Verweij, P.A.;Poppy, G.M. Analysis of ecosystem services provision in the Colombian Amazon using participatory research and mapping techniques 2014 12
Villa, F.;Bagstad, K.J.;Voigt, B.;Johnson, G.W.;Portela, R.;Honzak, M.;Batker, D. A methodology for adaptable and robust ecosystem services assessment 2014 68
Poppy, G.M.;Chiotha, S.;Eigenbrod, F.;Harvey, C.A.;Honzák, M.;Hudson, M.D.;Jarvis, A.;Madise, N.J.;Schreckenberg, K.;Shackleton, C.M.;Villa, F.;Dawson, T.P. Food security in a perfect storm: using the ecosystem services framework to increase understanding 2014 19
Villa, F.;Voigt, B.;Erickson, J.D. New perspectives in ecosystem services science as instruments to understand environmental securities 2014 14
Kafumbata, D.;Jamu, D.;Chiotha, S. Riparian ecosystem resilience and livelihood strategies under test: lessons from Lake Chilwa in Malawi and other lakes in Africa 2014 4
Bagstad, K.J.;Johnson, G.W.;Voigt, B.;Villa, F. Spatial dynamics of ecosystem service flows: A comprehensive approach to quantifying actual services 2013 85
Bagstad, K.;Johnson, G.;Semmens, D.;Villa, F. Quantifying and valuing ecosystem services: An application of ARIES to the San Pedro River basin, USA 2013
Name Role Organisation Country
Professor Guy Poppy Colombia; Malawi; Peru
Professor Guy Poppy Lead Principal Investigator University of Southampton United Kingdom
Professor Sosten Staphiel Chiotha Principal Investigator University of Malawi Malawi
Dr Miro Honzák Principal Investigator Conservation International Foundation United States
Dr Andy Jarvis Principal Investigator CIAT Colombia
Dr Ferdinando Villa Principal Investigator Basque Centre for Climate Change bc3 Spain
Dr Julian David Chará Co Investigator CIPAV Colombia
Professor Terry Dawson Co Investigator University of Dundee United Kingdom
Dr Felix Eigenbrod Co Investigator University of Southampton United Kingdom
Dr Celia Harvey Co Investigator Conservation International United States
Dr Malcolm David Hudson Co Investigator University of Southampton United Kingdom
Dr Daniel Jamu Co Investigator WorldFish Center - Malawi Office Malawi
Professor Nyovani Madise Co Investigator University of Southampton United Kingdom
Dr Kate Schreckenberg Co Investigator University of Southampton United Kingdom
Professor Charlie Shackleton Co Investigator Rhodes University South Africa
Mr Erwin Palacios Researcher Co Investigator Conservation International Colombia
Mr Jeimar Tapasco Researcher Co Investigator Int Centre for Tropical Agriculture Colombia
Dr Nicolas Urbina Researcher Co Investigator Conservation International Foundation United States
Miss Patricia Bejarano Researcher Conservation International Foundation Colombia
Dr Dalitso Kafumbata Researcher University of Malawi Malawi
Mr GIBSON MPHEPO Researcher University of Malawi Malawi
Mr Joseph Nagoli Researcher WorldFish Center - Malawi Office Malawi
Mr. Carlos Andres Paez Researcher Conservation International Colombia
Mr Welton Phalira Researcher LEAD International United Kingdom
Marcela Quintero Researcher Peru
Dr. Gisella S. Cruz García Research Associate CIAT Colombia
Ms Zulma Duran Research Assistant Universidad Nacional Colombia
MSc Martha Vanegas Research Assistant CIAT Colombia
Carlos Alberto Torres Vitolas Research Fellow University of Southampton United Kingdom
Simon Willcock Research Fellow University of Southampton United Kingdom
Catalina Angel Subcontractor Contractor Colombia
MSc Tamara Bonilla Subcontractor Contractor Colombia
Carolin Bothe-Tews Administrative University of Southampton United Kingdom
Sandra Cardona Subcontractor Contractor Colombia
MSc Lina Gallego Subcontractor Contractor Colombia
MSc Daniel Giraldo Subcontractor Contractor Colombia
Mr. Diego Gonzales Subcontractor Colombia
MSc Roxana Rojas Subcontractor Contractor Colombia