WISER: Which Ecosystem Service Models Best Capture the Needs of the Rural Poor?
|Lead PI|| |
Professor James Bullock
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
|Start Date|| |
1 September, 2013
|End Date|| |
30 November, 2016
|Project Code|| |
It is widely acknowledged that poor rural communities are often highly dependent on ecosystem services (ES) for their livelihoods, especially as a safety net in times of hardship or crisis. However, a major challenge to the understanding and management of these benefit flows to the poor is a lack of data on the supply, demand and use of ecosystem services by the poor, particularly in the developing world where dependence on ES is often highest.
This project will evaluate the effectiveness of a range of modelling approaches for mapping at least six ecosystem services - crop production, stored carbon, water availability, non-timber forest products (NTFPs), grazing resources, and pollination - at multiple spatial scales across sub-Saharan Africa.
It will assess model performance based on two broad metrics - model data requirements and the usefulness to decision-making - to ascertain the degree of complexity of modelling that needs to be applied to map ES in a way useful for poverty alleviation.
WISER hopes to help improve the lives of the approximately 400 million people living in poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by ensuring policy makers in the region use the right tools.
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|Professor James Bullock||Lead Principal Investigator||NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology||United Kingdom|
|Dr Felix Eigenbrod||Principal Investigator||University of Southampton||United Kingdom|
|Dr Belinda Reyers||Principal Investigator||Council for Sci and Industrial Res||South Africa|
|Dr Ferdinando Villa||Principal Investigator||Basque Centre for Climate Change bc3||Spain|
|Professor Terry Dawson||Co Investigator||University of Dundee||United Kingdom|
|Dr Malcolm David Hudson||Co Investigator||University of Southampton||United Kingdom|
|Dr Jeanne Lindsay Nel||Co Investigator||Council for Sci and Ind Res CSIR SA||South Africa|
|Dr Kate Schreckenberg||Co Investigator||University of Southampton||United Kingdom|
|Dr Patrick O'Farrell||Researcher Co Investigator||Council for Sci and Industrial Res||South Africa|
|Dr Simon pandey||Researcher Co Investigator||University of Southampton||United Kingdom|
|Dr Danny Hooftman||Researcher||NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology||United Kingdom|
|Dr Elena Pérez-Miñana||Researcher||Basque Centre for Climate Change bc3||Spain|