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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.


Featured image courtesy of Danilo Pinzon/World Bank

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Nov 2014

South Asia is the most populous region on the planet, home to around 25% of the world’s population living on only 3% of the world’s land.

It has some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Agriculture, natural resources, forests and fisheries are the foundation of its population's prosperity and wellbeing.

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


Featured image courtesy of Marco Simola/CIFOR

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Jun 2014

Knowing why people choose to use resources in particular ways is essential to supporting sustainable management. Read about results and impacts of ESPA research on 'the decision network'. 


Featured image courtesy of Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

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Jan 2014

Foreign investment into biofuels has boosted Ghana’s sugarcane industry. Will this potentially lucrative crop make life sweeter for the country’s poor - or will its environmental impact leave them with a nasty aftertaste? ESPA supported the first research study on the impact of climate change on biofuel production. The modeling framework developed will be used across other crop production systems in Africa.


Featured image courtesy of David Barrie

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Jan 2014

Ecosystems under human pressure can undergo dramatic, irreversible shifts, including the collapse of essential services such as water quality or soil stability. 

Long-term regional records of ecological and economic change can inform development planning. Read about an ESPA project that produced Ecosystem Services Indices for the lower Yangtze Basin that did just that.

Featured image courtesy Curt Carnemark / World Bank ©


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Jan 2014

In case studies across China, India and Uganda, researchers have explored how issues of justice affect the ecological and socio-economic outcomes of policies intended to conserve ecosystem services. Conservation and poverty alleviation can go hand in hand, but only if issues of justice are addressed. Learn more about just ecosystem management here.

Featured image courtesy of Steve Harris / World Bank ©

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