ESPA research focuses on three key regions:

Each of these regions face significant challenges in managing ecosystem services in the context of poverty alleviation and sustainable growth, which ESPA aims to address.

ESPA Situational Analyses

Working for ESPA, international research consortia previously undertood four regional and two thematic situation analyses both to identify the key ecosystem service challenges and to propose the best ways of addressing them — through research to alleviate poverty.

Each consortium was made up of researchers from the region, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, in collaboration with national governments and local partners.