ESPA 2016 Annual Science Conference

17 Nov 2016
Start Date/Time: 09:00, 17 November, 2016
End Date/Time: 17:30, 18 November, 2016
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya

This year’s Annual Science Conference focussed on synthesising learning across projects to answer the ‘big questions’ ESPA was established to address:

  • How do ecosystem services influence human well-being in different ecosystems / locations and for different socio-economic groups?
  • How will this change over time and what is driving this change?
  • What options exist to mediate linkages so that human well-being is enhanced and ecosystems are conserved?
  • What are the barriers / uncertainties inhibiting simultaneous achievement of the conservation and development outcomes and how can we overcome them? This includes those relating to governance and decision-making.

The final conference agenda can be found here.

The conference abstracts can be found here.

Presentations from the Annual Science Conference

Thursday, 17th November 2016

What makes coastal people vulnerable to global change?  New insights from maladaption - Christo Fabricius and Katrina Brown

Comparing policies and institutions for ecosystem-based poverty reduction under alternative bioenergy pathways in sub-Saharan Africa - Francis Johnson

2011 Project - Deltas - Assessing health, livelihoods, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in populous Deltas: The Case of Bangladesh - Robert Nicholls, Munsur Rahman and Craig Hutton

Poverty & Equity

The gendered nature of ecosystem services - Katrina Brown

Why should ecosystem services be governed for poverty alleviation?  Establishing the ethical foundations of ESPA - Janet Fisher

Advancing equity and justice in protected areas - Kate Schreckenberg

Ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: exploring the debate between different epistemic communities - Dan Brockington

PES and Compensation

Win-win illusions: the need to rethink coercive models of forest conservation in the tropics - Sarobidy Rakotonarivo

What are the combined local welfare outcomes of different futures for forest conservation in Madagascar? - Julia Jones

Moving on with Mangrove REDD+: A review of realities, opportunities and challenges - James Kairo

Learning from a pioneering randomised control trial of incentive-based conservation: challenges and solutions - Edwin Pynegar

ESPA Fellows - Key findings emerging from the ESPA Fellows - Introduction, Bhopal Pandeya, Md Nadiruzzaman, Nicole Gross-Camp, Cecile Bidaud, Anne Nyambane, Marije Schaafsma, Patrick Rafidimanantsoa and Lessons Learned

Friday, 18th November 2016

Local roots and global branches: community control in a mangrove conservation project - Mark Huxham, Ali Salim Shufa and Salim Abdalla

Beyond landings - how do fisheries contribute to the lives of the poor? - Tim Daw

Sharing the benefits of sustainable fisheries: from global to local legal approaches to marine ecosysystem services for poverty alleviation - Daniela Diz

2011 Project - DDDAC: Dynamic of drivers of disease in Africa: ecosystems, livestock/wildlife, health and wellbeing - Bernard Bett, Vupenyu Tatenda, Kofi Amponsah-Mensah and Lina Moses

The changing contribution of different forms of tourism of local livelihoods during a period of crisis - Caroline Abunge

Minimum adequate models for mapping ecosystem services in sub-Saharan Africa - Simon Willcock

Biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and sustainable livelihoods inform land use planning in Kenya's Yala Delta - Paul Muoria

Integrating Bayesian networks and geographic information systems as a tool in understanding land use and land cover change-ecosystem service links: a case study for Mabalane, Mozambique - Mahamane Mansour and Pedro Zorrilla-Miras

2011 Project - The ASSETS project: Knowledge co-production informing policy and practice - Terry Dawson, Kate Schreckenberg, Simon Willcock, Sosten Chiotha and Marcela Quintero


Please direct queries regarding the conference to Julie Hands at