The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme aims to
deliver high-quality, cutting-edge research that will improve
understanding of how ecosystems function, the services they provide and
how they can reduce poverty and enhance wellbeing for the world’s poor.
Unique in its vision, which links ecosystem services to poverty
alleviation through world class science, the programme is generating new
knowledge while empowering local communities.
Most recently, ESPA commissioned a series of 18 one- to two-year
research projects demonstrating new ways of looking at links between
ecosystems and human wellbeing. These projects are beginning to yield
development benefits for local people, tools and guidance for decision
makers, and influence on international policy arenas.