ESPA results into action: Africa

08 Mar 2018
Start Date/Time: 08:00, 8 March, 2018
End Date/Time: 17:00, 9 March, 2018
Venue: World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Outputs from the ESPA African Finale Conference

As one of ESPA's final major events, this conference brought together policymakers, practitioners and researchers to reflect on how new approaches to managing Africa's ecosystems could help empower vulberable communities, improve wellbeing and progress sustainable development.
Through a process of presentations and group discussions, participants helped to shape a 'call to action' declaration for African decision makers, connecting key insights from across the whole 8-year ESPA programme to some of Africa's most pertinent social and environmental issues.


Plenary 1

Kate Schreckenberg - Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA): Headline findings

Land use

Vincent Akomeah - Ghana's Climate-Smart Cocoa Initiative

Anne Nyambane - Biofuels and ecosystem services: Exploring trade-offs at the energy, food, environment and poverty nexus in Africa

Dennis Garrity - Creating an EverGreen Agriculture in Africa: To achieve a win-win-win

Rewarding Environmental Stewardship

Isilda Nhantumbo - Enabling pro-MSMEs rewards for environmental stewardship

Bruno Ramamonjisoa - Pro-poor designs for conservation policies and interventions: the contribution of the P4GES project in Madagascar

Boris Ochoa-Tocachi - Citizen Science: a tool for actionable knowledge co-generation on ecosystem services for improved governance

Fisheries and coastal management

Daniela Diz - ESPA Contributions to Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and Sustainable Development

Caroline Abunge - Ecosystems, wellbeing and poverty: Evidence from ESPA work in coastal Kenya

Salomao Bandeira - Reflecting on socio-ecological research on interactions with impact partners

Plenary 2

Belinda Reyers - Social-ecological systems approaches for sustainable development in Africa

Protected Areas

Kate Schreckenberg - Towards fairer protected areas

Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka - Protected Areas, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: lessons from the P4GES project

Medard Twinamatsiko - Advancing equity and governance in Uganda's protected areas: Local participation and partnerships


Fiona Nunan - Governance: what have we learnt?

Revocatus Twinomuhangi - Challenges to effective ecosystem governance in Uganda

Anne Kairu - From shiny shoes to muddy reality: Understanding how meso-scale actors negotiate the implementation gap in participatory forest management 

Final session

Ambrose Mugisha - Enhancing effective management of ecosystem services for poverty alleviation in Africa


Policymakers, practitoiners and researchers from 11 African countries gathered at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, on 8-9th March 2018, to identify new approaches to managing Africa's natural resources in ways that improve the wellbeing of the vulnerable communities that depend on them.
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