ESPA directorate

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh

Abstract

The ESPA Directorate is responsible for the scientific leadership of the ESPA programme. The Directorate provides support to researchers on conducting excellent ESPA research, building impact and communicating to a wider audience. The Directorate consists of a Director, specific Task Leaders, and a support team.

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Cardinale BJ (2012) Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity. in Nature

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Collins K (2009) Building learning catchments for integrated catchment managing: designing learning systems based on experiences in the UK and South Africa. in Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research

 
Title 12 minute ESPA documentary 
Description This 12 minute documentary summarises the key findings of the ESPA research programme, including case study material from Bangladesh (deltas) and Ghana (cocoa agroforests). 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has proved useful in disseminating ESPA's findings at a variety of engagement events. 
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/multimedia/video/environment-wellbeing-pathways-out-poverty-12-mins
 
Title 4 minute ESPA documentary 
Description This is a shorter version of the 12 minute ESPA documentary, providing a very distilled version of ESPA's key findings. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The short version of the film is useful for audiences with less time. 
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/multimedia/video/environment-wellbeing-pathways-out-poverty-4-mins
 
Title Deltas film 
Description This 6 minute film highlights the key findings of the ESPA-Deltas project in Bangladesh. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been used for various audiences, including in Bangladesh. 
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/multimedia/video/deltas
 
Title Ghana case study film 
Description A 6 minute film showcasing the process and findings of the ESPA-funded Ecolimits project in Ghana, which worked on increasing the sustainability of cocoa agroforests. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been useful to convey the main findings of the project to a range of audiences. 
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/multimedia/video/promoting-sustainability-and-wellbeing-ghanas-cocoa-forests
 
Title Photo exhibition 
Description This collaborative project explored the changing landscapes and escalating water crises of the Indian Himalayas. It combined academic research led by Professor Bhaskar Vira and Dr Eszter Kovacs at the Department of Geography (including collaborators in India and Nepal) with contemporary work by photojournalist Toby Smith and curated archival prints from the University Library and Centre for South Asian Studies. The resulting photo-exhibition was displayed in several places including Cambridge University (as part of its Inida Unboxed programme), ICIMOD (Kathmandu), the ESPA Annual Science Conference 2017 (Edinburgh), and in Delhi metro station. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact The exhibition received a lot of media attention both in the UK and in India. 
URL https://www.panipahar.com/explore/
 
Title Protected area animation 
Description This short animation outlines the outputs of some of ESPA's work on protected areas, namely the application of an equity framework to ensure better recognition of rights- and stake-holders, more effective and participatory procedures and fairer distribution of costs and benefits resulting from the implementation of protected areas. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The film has been used in various forums to explain the need for, and components of, an equity framework in the context of protected areas. 
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/multimedia/video/protected-areas-all-ensuring-better-outcomes-people-and-envi...
 
Description These were reported annually through the programme's Annual Report published on the ESPA website www.espa.ac.uk. Additional reports and reviews are available on the same site.
Exploitation Route ESPA had additional impact funding and projects were encouraged to work with impact partners to build impact. Following the end of the programme in 2018, DFID provided some funding (through the Climate and Resilience Framework Transition Programme managed by IDRC) to support a few ESPA projects working on climate change issues to do additional impact-based work. DFID has also built on the findings of the ESPA programme to develop a new research programme on 'Reversing Environmental Degradation in Africa and Asia' which is due to start in 2020.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Education,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Security and Diplomacy,Other

URL http://www.espa.ac.uk
 
Description ESPA's impact is documented by individual component projects (see their RF entries) and through summary activities produced by the ESPA Directorate (see www.espa.ac.uk) until the programme's end in 2018.
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Citation in 'Draft decisions for the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity' (CBD/COP/14/2), Annex on Voluntary guidelines on effective and equitable governance models (p140)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL https://www.cbd.int/doc/c/7edd/2d7b/616164023a4335a7c0cd3b18/cop-14-02-en.pdf
 
Description Kate Schreckenberg was invited to be on an expert group established by the German investment bank KfW to evaluate tools to monitor outcomes of KfW's investment (of over 1.2billion euros) in about 400 protected areas in more than 40 countries. (March - June 2016)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Provision of oral and written evidence to HoC Inquiry on UK Aid for combating climate change by Kate Schreckenberg, as former director of the ESPA programme
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/international-devel...
 
Description Andean Climate Change Interamerican Observatory Network (ACCION)
Amount £670,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/I004017/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2011 
End 09/2012
 
Description Andean Climate Change Interamerican Observatory Network (ACCION)
Amount £670,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/I004017/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Climate and Resilience Framework Transition Programme (CLARE)
Amount £1,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation UK Department for International Development 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description DFID's Reversing Environmental Degradation in Africa and Asia Programme has been developed on the back of ESPA findings
Amount £35,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation UK Department for International Development 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2025
 
Description Equipment bugdet for ESPA-2011 Consortia: NE/J002755/1 and NE/J002267/1
Amount £104,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NERC 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Implementation of REDD - Development Funding
Amount £5,240,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Denmark 
Sector Public
Country Denmark
Start 03/2014 
End 12/2016
 
Description Implementation of REDD - Development Funding
Amount £5,240,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of Denmark 
Sector Public
Country Denmark
Start  
 
Description OPERA: Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications
Amount £7,300,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 308393 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description OPERA: Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications
Amount £217,102 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/I002952/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Payments for Environmental Services as a driver of Climate Compatible Development: what works and why?
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/I00436X/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2010 
End 07/2012
 
Description Payments for Environmental Services as a driver of Climate Compatible Development: what works and why?
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/I00436X/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description UNREDD - Development of REDD mechanism
Amount £735,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/I003185/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2010 
End 06/2013
 
Title SPACES Data Explorer tool 
Description This tool can be used to explore the contribution of ecosystem services to different aspects of wellbeing. Including whether or not people are meeting their basic needs and who as access to the ecosystem services. The method for generating these data is described in this paper www.espa-spaces.org/basic-human-needs-publication/ The data for this tool was collected in 2014 in 8 coastal communities in Kenya and Mozambique. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact It was developed to enable decision-makers to more easily visualise data collected in several communities in Kenya and Mozambique. It is also a useful teaching tool to illustrate how very differently different people rely on the environment. 
URL http://www.espa-spaces.org/resources/spaces-data-explorer/
 
Description African Union visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On behalf of the participants at ESPA's African finale event and as chair of the drafting committee, Professor Sosten Chiotha visited the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa to present the ESPA Africa Declaration ('Accountability to local communities can improve environment and poverty outcomes') to Harsen Nyambe (Head of Division for Environment, Climate Change and Land Management) and his colleagues, Olushola Olaide and Jolly Wasambo. The visit resulted in a request to the ESPA directorate for more information about the programme's findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.espa.ac.uk/africa-declaration
 
Description Brownbag lunch at the World Bank 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ESPA director, Kate Schreckenberg, presented the outcomes of the ESPA programme to a brownbag lunch of World Bank staff (15 in Washington plus 4 attending remotely), working on environment and poverty issues. The main aim was to highlight ESPA's findings that environment and development interventions often lead to (unintended) trade-offs for the poorest people. The Q&A session revealed a recognition amongst participants that it is essential to disaggregate societal impact (e.g. by gender and well-being group).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.espa-headlines.ac.uk/
 
Description CBD Side event on fisheries 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Side event at the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting entitled 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into the Fisheries Sector for Sustainable Development'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description CBD side event on equity in protected areas 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Phil Franks (IIED) hosted a side-event (including participation of several ESPA researchers) at the 13th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (13 Dec, 2016, Cancun, Mexico) on how to assess progress in achieving the 'equitable management' element of the CBD Aichi target 11.
Together with other activities, this led to the inclusion of key elements of ESPA's protected area 'equity framework' in the guidance provided by the CBD secretariat to member governments at the 2018 CBD meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Climate smart agriculture workshop Kenya 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This 2-day workshop was organised with the Kenya country branch of the Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), the first inclusive pan-African policy framework and implementation platform which aims to ensure development and implementation of appropriate policies to tackle Africa's challenges of food & nutritional insecurity, poverty & unemployment, climate change and environmental degradation. 31 people participated at Kenyatta University. Key ESPA messages were presented by Dr Marije Schaafsma (ESPA Fellow) & Dr Andrew Bell (IFPRI). The keynote speech was given by Dr Richard Munang, UNEP Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.
The aim of the workshop was to discuss the findings of ESPA-funded research relating to climate smart agriculture and to define the best way(s) to make the findings available to different audiences. Together with a parallel workshop in Malawi, this workshop had three core outputs:
(i) Scaling up climate-smart agriculture: Lessons from ESPA research - ESPA Working Paper
(ii) Ensuring climate-smart agriculture 'leaves no one behind' - ESPA Policy & Practice Brief
(iii) 'Five Ways to be Climate Smart & Reduce Poverty' - ESPA poster
ESPA's findings that CSA activities are not automatically pro-poor, and may even actively discriminate against the poorest, led to active discussion and the decision to produce a poster (targeted at agricultural professionals) highlighting this finding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.espa.ac.uk/files/espa/Scaling%20up%20climate-smart%20agriculture%20final%20web.pdf
 
Description Climate smart agriculture workshop Malawi 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This 2-day workshop was organised with the Malawi country branch of the Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), the first inclusive pan-African policy framework and implementation platform which aims to ensure development and implementation of appropriate policies to tackle Africa's challenges of food & nutritional insecurity, poverty & unemployment, climate change and environmental degradation. 46 people participated at Chancellor College, Zomba. Key ESPA messages were presented by Dr Marije Schaafsma (ESPA Fellow, University of Southampton). The guest of honour was John Mussa, Director of Land Resources Conservation Department, Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi.
The aim of the workshop was to discuss the findings of ESPA-funded research relating to climate smart agriculture and to define the best way(s) to make the findings available to different audiences. Together with a parallel workshop in Kenya, this workshop had three core outputs:
(i) Scaling up climate-smart agriculture: Lessons from ESPA research - ESPA Working Paper
(ii) Ensuring climate-smart agriculture 'leaves no one behind' - ESPA Policy & Practice Brief
(iii) 'Five Ways to be Climate Smart & Reduce Poverty' - ESPA poster
ESPA's findings that CSA activities are not automatically pro-poor, and may even actively discriminate against the poorest, led to active discussion and the decision to produce a poster (targeted at agricultural professionals) highlighting this finding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.espa.ac.uk/publications/scaling-climate-smart-agriculture-lessons-espa-research
 
Description Deltas project Stakeholder engagement activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This full-day stakeholder engagement workshop was delivered with & through BRAC University, Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER). Its aim was to share the findings of the ESPA Deltas project with a wide range of partners from government, research, and development agencies - and engage partners in an interactive discussion on how the insights and models from the project can be used going forward to inform policy and practice in Bangladesh. The key ESPA Deltas messages were presented by Craig Hutton (University of Southampton), Munsur Rahman (BUET) and Dr Mashfiqus Salehin (BUET) - with a presentation given on the applications of ?DIEM (the model developed by the project) to the Bangladesh Deltas Plan (BDP2100) by Murtaza Zulkar Nain Noman (General Economics Division, Bangladeshi Government).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ESPA African finale 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact About 60 participants from Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda participated at a 3-day workshop hosted by ICRAF in Nairobi. Keynote speeches were delivered by Dr Alice Kaudia (Environment Secretary at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya) who focused on ecosystem services and women (on the occasion of International Women's Day), and Senator Irungu Kanga'ta (Deputy Chief whip and Senator for Murang'a County) who focused on rewarding environmental stewardship, particularly in relation to water (Murang'a County provides most of Nairobi's water).
Key ESPA messages were presented by Kate Schreckenberg, Anne Nyambane (ESPA Fellow), Isilda Nhantumbo, Bruno Ramamonjisoa, Boris Ochoa-Tocachi, Daniela Diz (by video), Caroline Abunge, Salomao Bandeira, Belinda Reyers, Julie Razafimanahaka, Fiona Nunan and Anne Kairu.
The whole event was oriented towards the creation and ratification of an ESPA Declaration by African researchers: 'ESPA Africa Declaration: Accountability to local communities can improve environment and poverty outcomes' (see http://www.espa.ac.uk/africa-declaration). Declaration committee members were:
o Sosten Chiotha - Regional Director for LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa (Declaration Chair)
o Belinda Reyers - Professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden, and Stellenbosch University, South Africa
o John Adeoti - Research Professor at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research
o Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka - Director of Madagasikara Voakajy
o Bruno Ramamonjisoa - Director of the School of Agronomy, University of Antananarivo
o James Kairo - Principal Scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
o Rebecca Asare - Director of Programmes and Research at the Nature Conservation Research Centre
o Revocatus Twinomuhangi - Senior Lecturer at Makerere University
o Alice Ruhweza - Head of Sustainable Production at Conservation International
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/event/espa-results-action-africa
 
Description ESPA Annual Science Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ESPA's Annual Science Conference 2016 took place in Nairobi and focussed on synthesising learning across projects to answer the 'big questions' ESPA was established to address:
- How do ecosystem services influence human well-being in different ecosystems / locations and for different socio-economic groups?
- How will this change over time and what is driving this change?
- What options exist to mediate linkages so that human well-being is enhanced and ecosystems are conserved?
- What are the barriers / uncertainties inhibiting simultaneous achievement of the conservation and development outcomes and how can we overcome them? This includes those relating to governance and decision-making.
Amongst others, ESPA sponsored the participation of several members of the Ugandan Parliament Committee on Science and Technology, who were provided with follow-up support around issues of interest to them.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/event/espa-2016-annual-science-conference
 
Description ESPA Annual Science Conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Held in the final year of the programme, this 2-day conference in Edinburgh brought together the ESPA community, along with selected policy-makers, policy specialists and practitioners, to reflect on the results from 8 years of ESPA research and craft the headline findings.
These discussions provided the intellectual foundation for the ESPA book (published in mid 2018) and other academic outputs, as well as for policy-focused communications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/event/espa-annual-science-conference-2017-eight-years-sustainability-science-...
 
Description ESPA South Asia finale event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 86 people from various countries in South Asia as well as China attended a 2-day workshop in Kathmandu, delivered with & through ICIMOD, and co-hosted by the Nepal Ministry of Forests and Environment. Key ESPA messages were presented by Kate Schreckenberg, Mahesh Poudyal, Craig Hutton, Ina Porras, Chetan Agarwal and Bhaskar Vira (by video). Additional presentations were given by ICIMOD and their collaborators from the region. The inaugural address was delivered by Dr Yubak Dhoj GC, Secretary of Nepal's Ministry of Forests and Environment who commended the platform provided by the symposium as a "collective response to the common threat to ecosystems - the forests, wetlands, and agriculture areas." He stated that policy interventions, institutional support, and research are key to shaping effective ecosystem services. During the event and debrief session, ICIMOD reported that the partnership and symposium opened their eyes to the potential for an ES-PA lens to add value to and consolidate their programme approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ESPA UK finale 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 72 people attended the ESPA London finale at King's College London on 14th June 2018. Introduced by Professor Charlotte Watts, DFID's Chief Science Adviser, the event provided an opportunity to reflect on ESPA headline findings and their implications for the future of funding, research and policy across the environment, poverty and development agendas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.espa-headlines.ac.uk/
 
Description ESPA-FAO Fisheries visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On 26 June 2017, ESPA Director Kate Schreckenberg, Prof. Elisa Morgera, and Dr Daniela Diz delivered a presentation at the FAO Fisheries Department Seminar on key findings of ESPA fisheries-related projects and their potential contributions to the implementation of an ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF) and biodiversity mainstreaming. About 30 FAO staff members and other guests attended the event. The event was recorded and ESPA USB sticks with fisheries project papers were distributed.
ESPA Director Kate Schreckenberg introduced the ESPA research programme, and highlighted that it is currently in its final year and in the process of synthesising evidence around key thematic areas within its portfolio. Dr. Daniela Diz and Prof. Elisa Morgera then discussed relevant findings from ESPA's fisheries-related projects, which provide examples of mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem services in fisheries, including through the EAF. They also highlighted how experiences shared through the seminar could contribute to the delivery of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Decision XIII/3 on Strategic actions to enhance the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including with respect to mainstreaming and the integration of biodiversity within and across sectors. More specifically, how it could contribute to the delivery of a request at paragraph 76 of CBD Decision XIII/3 for FAO to compile experiences in mainstreaming biodiversity in the fisheries sector, including through the ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF).
The seminar was well attended and was followed by a meeting with the following FAO staff from the Fisheries Division (FI) and the Legal Office (LEGN).
After the Seminar, FAO staff contacted Elisa Morgera and Daniela Diz to discuss collaboration opportunities, including around:
• The development of a global plan of action on biosafety for aquaculture;
• Operationalization of the SSF Guidelines; and
• Human rights-based approach under the SSF Guidelines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ESPA-IPBES wellbeing workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ESPA-IPBES workshop (1-2 Feb 2018) on "Assessing the links between Nature's Contributions to People and a Good Quality of Life" brought together 14 people. The objective of the workshop was to bring together experts from ESPA and IPBES to: 1) transfer knowledge from ESPA to IPBES regarding ways to analyse human wellbeing in the context of the Ecosystem services framework; 2) discuss how such knowledge can be best put into use in IPBES assessments given the IPBES conceptual framework, e.g., focusing on the links between "nature's contributions to people" (NCP) and a good quality of life (GQL); 3) identify knowledge gaps, opportunities and challenges in the analysis and assessment of NCP-GQL.
The workshop resulted in an ESPA Policy & Practice Briefing which was presented by the UK delegation to the IPBES plenary in Mar 2018 as "Infdoc #34"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/files/espa/ESPA%20Wellbeing%20Policy%20Brief%20FINAL%20WEB_0.pdf
 
Description Engagement with GCRF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ESPA Directorate engaged with RCUK to feed programmatic learning from the ESPA programme into the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). In particular:
• ESPA was invited to present its lessons learned on equitable partnership at the Global Challenges Research Fund Workshop'Sustainable Development Goal Interactions: The role of environmental science' London, 4th-5th September 2017. Professor Virgilio Viana, member of ESPA's International Programme Advisory Committee, presented on behalf of ESPA.
This led to a joint webinar (see separate entry) with GCRF specifically for researchers based in the Global South.
It also led to the ESPA Directorate being contacted by Sarah Plowman (Senior Official Development Assistance Policy Manager, International Development Team, Research Councils UK) with a request to share advice and lessons learned, in particular with regard to equitable partnerships. After a conference call, the ESPA Directorate staff shared the Policy and Practice Briefings on Interdisciplinarity and Equitable Partnerships, which were used to inform presentations at the workshop for GCRF hub applicants meeting on 27 March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://nerc.ukri.org/research/partnerships/international/gcrf/news/workshop-outcomes/gcrf-workshop-...
 
Description GCRF webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The ESPA Directorate engaged with RCUK to feed programmatic learning from the ESPA programme into the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). In particular:
• A joint webinar was organised on 25 September, 2017, specifically for researchers based in the Global South, with the twofold purpose of explaining the opportunities provided by GCRF and sharing key learnings from ESPA on equitable partnerships. The webinar featured presentations from Robert Felstead, Senior Policy Manager, RCUK, and Kate Schreckenberg, ESPA Director.
This led to the ESPA Directorate being contacted by Sarah Plowman (Senior Official Development Assistance Policy Manager, International Development Team, Research Councils UK) with a request to share advice and lessons learned, in particular with regard to equitable partnerships. After a conference call, the ESPA Directorate staff shared the Policy and Practice Briefings on Interdisciplinarity and Equitable Partnerships, which were used to inform presentations at the workshop for GCRF hub applicants meeting on 27 March 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sifk-iuAiIs&t=1973s
 
Description JNCC Webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Kate Schreckenberg, former director of ESPA, gave a presentation 'Spotlighting ecosystem services - insights from ESPA' in the JNCC Natural Capital Seminar Series on 12th Feb 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Panel discussion on 'Rewarding environmental stewardship' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An evening event was organised at IIED, London, on 15th February 2018, to discuss ESPA's findings on 'Rewarding environmental stewardship: New thinking on its role in development policy'. The event was intended to broaden the discussion on Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes and included a number of quick-fire presentations followed by an extended panel discussion and Q&A. It also provided a launch for a PES Handbook (and associated training materials) edited by Nigel Asquith and Ina Porras.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.espa.ac.uk/training-materials-payments-ecosystem-services
 
Description Press briefing Dhaka 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A press briefing on the headline findings of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in collaboration with the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). The briefing was chaired by Professor Atiq Rahman, with a presentation by ESPA director Kate Schreckenberg, followed by Questions and Answers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Professional development course Kenya 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20 lecturers from 9 universities in Kenya attended a 5-day professional development course (hosted by Kenyatta University, Nairobi, and organised jointly with the Tropical Biology Association (TBA)) to build their capacity in teaching topics related to Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation. They were taken through 10 lectures (each with an associated case study) which could be used or adapted for students in their final year of undergraduate study or at Masters level. Alongside presenting the teaching materials, the course provided participants with the opportunity to think about how they would incorporate the materials into their teaching, either as individual sessions or as the basis for new academic modules or short courses for non-academic audiences. Participants worked in groups from the same university to develop joint action plans which were presented to their university deans at the end of the course. Feedback from the participants was excellent (mean overall evaluation score was 4.8/5) but the end of the ESPA programme means there was no opportunity to follow up to see whether the action plans were implemented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.espa.ac.uk/training
 
Description Professional development course Madagascar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 20 lecturers from 9 universities in Madagascar attended a 5-day professional development course (hosted by ESSA-Forets, University of Antananarivo, and organised jointly with the Tropical Biology Association (TBA)) to build their capacity in teaching topics related to Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation. They were taken through 10 lectures (each with an associated case study) which could be used or adapted for students in their final year of undergraduate study or at Masters level. Alongside presenting the teaching materials, the course provided participants with the opportunity to think about how they would incorporate the materials into their teaching, either as individual sessions or as the basis for new academic modules or short courses for non-academic audiences. Participants worked in groups from the same university to develop joint action plans which were presented to their university deans at the end of the course. Feedback from the participants was excellent but the end of the ESPA programme means there was no opportunity to follow up to see whether the action plans were implemented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.espa.ac.uk/training
 
Description Professional development course Malawi 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 15 lecturers from 5 universities in Malawi attended a 5-day professional development course (hosted by Chancellor college, University of Malawi, and organised jointly with the Tropical Biology Association (TBA)) to build their capacity in teaching topics related to Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation. They were taken through 10 lectures (each with an associated case study) which could be used or adapted for students in their final year of undergraduate study or at Masters level. Alongside presenting the teaching materials, the course provided participants with the opportunity to think about how they would incorporate the materials into their teaching, either as individual sessions or as the basis for new academic modules or short courses for non-academic audiences. Participants worked in groups from the same university to develop joint action plans which were presented to their university deans at the end of the course. Feedback from the participants was excellent (mean overall evaluation score was 4.8/5) but the end of the ESPA programme means there was no opportunity to follow up to see whether the action plans were implemented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.espa.ac.uk/training
 
Description Public Lecture, Dhaka 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact About 100 participants involving high government officials and policy makers; representatives from civil society, development agencies, donors, NGOs, INGOs, academia, media and research community attended a public lecture in March 2018, delivered with and through the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). Key overarching ESPA messages were presented by Kate Schreckenberg and Professor Atiq Rahman.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SDG14 Side event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact ESPA funded a side-event at the SDG 14 Ocean Conference-UN Headquarters in NY (June 2017). The event was hosted by the Eritrean Mission to the UN in partnership with the IIED, the University of Strathclyde's Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative, Marine Scotland, and the UK Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.
Some of the side event participants included: Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera (Mexico), Legal Counsel and Deputy to the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (ISA); Sandor Mulsow (Chile), Director of ISA's Office of Environmental Management and Mineral Resources; Chapi Mwango, Chief, Contract Management Unit, ISA; Jessica Battle (WWF International), Nebil Said Ibris, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the UN, Prof. Murray Roberts (University of Edinburgh); a number of researchers from South America, among others.
The event was chaired by Mr. Amanuel Giorgio (Eritrean Mission to the UN), and included presentations by Essam Yassin Mohamed (IIED) on ecosystem services valuation, David Johnson (GOBI) on the role of area based management measures for achieving SDG 14, and Daniela Diz on key messages from ESPA fisheries projects for the implementation of SDG 14 and other relevant SDGs.
This side event demonstrated the complex nature of poverty alleviation, especially in light of a changing climate, and how the ecosystem services framework can help identify appropriate conservation and management measures, as well as beneficiaries and the most vulnerable in society, and inform decision-making processes and trade-offs in the context of an ecosystem approach, and how the multiple dimensions of poverty relevant to multiple SDGs have been addressed by ESPA fisheries-related projects. It also shed light on how the ecosystem services framework can bridge biodiversity law and human rights.
Dr Diz also produced a blog post for the ESPA Directorate on the outcome of the Ocean Conference, a declaration (entitled Call for Action) that provides further conceptual clarity in the interpretation of the SDG 14, including on its synergies with other SDGs, by expressly referring to ecosystem services and ecosystem approach - terms that were absent from SDG 14. There will be a follow up conference in 2020, as proposed by Portugal and Kenya.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/news-blogs/blog/espa-un-ocean-conference
 
Description Stakeholder engagement - cocoa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The 2-day meeting in Accra brought together senior scientists, technicians, policy makers, and leading private sector companies from the cocoa and forestry sectors in Ghana to share key results in an understandable manner, and to share a suite of policy briefs for input and revision. The meeting also resulted in the establishment of a distribution chain, which will be used to share future results from the ECOLIMITS project (code IAF2017-18-003).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ecolimits.org/project-impact.html
 
Description Stakeholder engagement workshop on urbanisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This 1-day workshop on 6th March 2018 was delivered with and through ICLEI, South Asia, to provide stakeholders with an update on ESPA's findings around Peri-urban ecosystem services'. Key ESPA messages were presented by Prof. Ritu Priya Mehrotra of JNU (India). The Chief Guest was Dr. K. Alagusundaram, Deputy Director General of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Valuing Nature Annual Conference, Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Former director of the ESPA programme, Kate Schreckenberg, gave a keynote presentation on 'Global challenges and valuing nature - Reflections from the ESPA programme' to the 'Global Challenges and Valuing Nature' session of the Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2018 in Cardiff (13-14 Nov 2018). This led to an interesting discussion about parallels, differences and possible future connections between work on these issues in the Global South (where ESPA was active) and in the UK and Europe (where Valuing Nature has been active).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/ValNat18/SessionB2
 
Description WIOMSA side event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ESPA hosted a full-day special session on 'Managing coastal and marine ecosystem services to support the wellbeing of the poor' at the 10th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Symposium in Nov 2017 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. This event was led by Sam Mwangi, ESPA's Regional Evidence Adviser, and showcased several of ESPA's coastal and marine projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.espa.ac.uk/files/espa/Final%20WIOMSA%20conference%20brochure.pdf
 
Description Webinar on Interdisciplinary research for sustainable development 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar aimed to disseminate ESPA's findings on how to undertake interdisciplinary research with development impact. It was based around the ESPA policy brief (https://www.espa.ac.uk/files/espa/ESPA%20Policy%20Brief%20Interdisciplinarity_0.pdf) on the same topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/news-blogs/blog/how-can-research-better-inform-development-policy-and-practic...
 
Description Webinar on Research for Development Impact 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar on 27th March 2018 aimed to disseminate ESPA's findings on how to undertake research for development impact and was linked to a policy brief focused on the same topic (https://www.espa.ac.uk/files/espa/ESPA%20Policy%20Brief_Partnerships_0.pdf).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FImzZUT0Bc8&t=538s
 
Description Webinar on the role of the environment in addressing poverty 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar on 24th April 2018 explored conceptual and methodological advancements for measuring environmental dimensions of poverty and wellbeing, and the implications for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. It linked to an Impact briefing produced by the programme (https://www.espa.ac.uk/files/espa/Integrating%20the%20environment%20in%20poverty%20measures_Impact_web%20final.pdf).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x4NerBgr0o&feature=youtu.be
 
Description Webinar to highlight ESPA's lessons for Latin America 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This webinar on 26th June 2018 was co-hosted with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS) and held in Spanish and English to provide a Latin American audience with an overivew of the key findings from ESPA's research, with a particular focus on work relating to Payments for Ecosystem Services and Conditional Transfers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://fas-amazonas.org/2018/06/fas-e-programa-de-pesquisa-mundial-espa-realizam-evento-online-sobre...
 
Description Workshop with conservation practitioners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An afternoon workshop was held on 24th May 2018 in Washington DC, co-hosted by Conservation International and ESPA, to discuss ESPA's findings on protected areas and how these could contribute to shaping the post-2020 conservation agenda. Several presentations were followed by a panel Q&A and breakout groups. The discussion focused on exploring some common myths around the links between conservation and poverty alleviation, as well as how to ensure that protected areas are governed in a more equitable manner, i.e. recognising the need for full and effective participation of local stakeholders and rightsholders with a particular focus on ensuring that protected areas do not impose costs on local people (or, where these are unavoidable, they are agreed and fairly compensated).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.espa.ac.uk/files/espa/ESPA%20Protected%20areas%20brief%20final%20WEB%20%281%29.pdf