SPACES: Sustainable poverty alleviation from coastal ecosystem services - investigating elasticities, feedbacks and tradeoffs
This project aims to better understand the links between ecosystem services (ES) and wellbeing in order to design and implement more effective interventions for poverty alleviation. We do this in the context of coastal, social-ecological systems in two poor African countries; Kenya and Mozambique.
Following the ESPA framework - distinguishing ecological processes, 'final ES', 'capital inputs', 'goods' and 'values' - this project is concerned with how these elements are interrelated to produce ES benefits, and focuses specifically on how these benefits are distributed to benefit the poor.
The major global trends which are likely to affect the ability of poor people to access ES benefits include the devolution of governance power; unprecedented rates of environmental change, and societal changes such as urbanisation, globalisation and market integration. Study sites have been chosen to gather empirical evidence to help answer key questions about how these drivers of change can alleviate poverty.