Impact Stories

Our research is already making a difference to poor people’s lives around the world. Find out how our evidence and tools led to on the ground solutions with real development impact…

Impact Stories

Ensuring participatory and pro-poor PES schemes
April 2017

Insights into Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) gained from research projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America supported by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme. It offers lessons into how PES projects in Nepal can best be put into practice to improve Nepal’s environment sector and reduce poverty among Nepalese people.

PDF icon ESPA PES Brief.pdf
ESPA in East and Southern Africa
May 2015

Agriculture and fisheries in East and Southern Africa support the livelihood of millions and are particularly important for poor rural communities. In this region, however, the pace of change is fast, the population is growing, weather patterns are changing and governance and global markets are driving changes to the traditional pastoralist way of life.

PDF icon East and South Africa WEB VF.pdf
ESPA in South Asia
November 2014

Find out how ESPA projects in South Asia are tackling the regions most important issues; food security, water security and climate change

PDF icon South Asia VF WEB.pdf
The Decision Network
June 2014

Knowing why people choose to use resources in particular ways is essential to achieve sustainable management.

PDF icon ESPA Decision Network_web.pdf
BEST Practice
May 2014

African drylands, like those in Kenya and Tanzania, are fast approaching a tipping point where grazing lands are becoming enclosed, thereby restricting mobility of livestock and adversely impacting livelihoods as well as driving drastic wildlife decline. BEST explores policy and economic incentives to re-balance the system.

PDF icon ESPA-Evidence-Note-BEST-ESPA-PFG.pdf
Good science, better impact
May 2014

By taking a rigorous scientific process to monitoring and evaluating impacts, Fundación Natura Bolivia succeeded in both reducing its costs of doing business and providing evidence that it works. And this has stimulated wider uptake of Natura's pioneering approach.

PDF icon ESPA-Evidence-Note-Asquith-ESPA-PFG.pdf
Strength in Numbers
March 2014

Understanding how community rights and institutions affect poverty reduction and sustainability of ecosystem services.

PDF icon ESPA-Evidence-Note-Sultana-EIRG.pdf
Designing Research for Development Impact
March 2014

Good research unearths new knowledge, but often fails to get that knowledge into practice or policy. This ESPA project is ensuring impact by considering it in the research methodology from the outset and is integrating its findings into other programmes even as it is ongoing.

PDF icon ESPA-Evidence-Note-DDDAC-ESPA-2011.pdf
ESPA in East Africa
November 2013

ESPA’s research in East Africa focuses on the complex interplay between nature and livelihoods.

PDF icon ESPA_East_Africa_web.pdf