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.
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