Policy and Practice Briefs

The first step to change understanding. Find out how our research led to new insights on the complex connections between poverty and the environment…

August 2017

A new ESPA Policy & Practice Brief by Alexandros Gasparatos et al. assesses whether sugarcane and jatropha production have helped tackle poverty in rural Malawi.

PDF icon Policy evidence note_biofuels in Malawi.pdf
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
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
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
March 2014

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

PDF icon ESPA-Evidence-Note-Sultana-EIRG.pdf
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