ECOSYSTEM SERVICES FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION (ESPA )
Start to finish: 1 December 2016 – 30 November 2017
Co-Led by: Yvonne Erasmus and Laurenz Langer
Team: Charity Chisoro, Christa Heyneke, Desyree Lotter, Mary Opondo, Zafeer Ravat, Natalie Tannous, Carina van Rooyen from the University of Johannesburg
Partners: Ruth Stewart in her role at the EPPI-Centre, UCL Institute of Education; and Gemma Wright and Michael Noble from Southern Africa Social Policy Research Insights (SASPRI)
Funder: The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Region of focus: Sub-Saharan Africa
ACE themes: Producing useful research evidence; Supporting others to produce useful research evidence; Supporting the use of research evidence in decision-making; Being responsive to contexts and needs in Africa
Description: This project focussed on co-production of evidence syntheses products with decision-makers in the context of ecosystem services and how these can be used to support poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa.
The first step of the project produced an interactive evidence interface that maps interventions for ecosystem services against different components of poverty. Mapping this research in this way allows decision-makers to actively view the areas where there is either a lot or too little research. It also allows decision-makers to see whether research considers poverty in a multi-dimensional way.
The second part of this project was co-produced with sub-Saharan African decision-makers and consisted of four rapid evidence assessments on policy priority areas. We identified the following four topics on which we conducted rapid evidence assessments: 1) what works in marine resource management in the sub-Saharan African region?; 2) how best to provide effective governance of ecosystems services in protected areas in sub-Saharan Africa?; 3) what guidelines and decision-making tools are available to support decision-makers and do these include multiple dimensional measures of poverty?; 4) how can research methodologies be better aligned to decision-makers’ needs?
A fuller project description can be found on our funder’s website here.