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Failure to consider and properly measure the relationship between the environment, human wellbeing and poverty constrains the design of effective development policies. An initiative funded by the ESPA programme examined how multidimensional measures of poverty can better capture the importance of the environment for human wellbeing.
There have been repeated calls to ensure that costs and benefits arising from protected areas are shared equitably. Yet a gap remains between policy and practice. ESPA responded to a clear need for clarity and practical guidance to ensure that the benefits of conservation do not come at a cost for poor communities.View More
An ESPA project has provided recommendations to the government and other stakeholders in Madagascar to ensure that both environmental and livelihoods considerations are taken into account within its national programme for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+).View More
In Kenya, research supported by the ESPA programme has enabled local people to conserve their mangroves in exchange for community development projects, in a scheme that is impacting both Kenyan and international policy. angroves are highly efficient at capturing carbon, much of which ends up buried below ground and is stored away from the atmosphere.View More
Using inexpensive, replicable and ancient technologies to improve water management in the Peruvian highlands, an ESPA project has benefited both rural upstream communities and the downstream capital city, Lima.View More
An ESPA project project demonstrated that reciprocal water agreements or ‘Watershared’ agreements which compensate land managers for catchment protection are both replicable and scalable across Bolivia, and have the interest of the private sector.View More