The Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services project (SPACES) is supported by the UK Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) program to study the relationship between coastal ecosystems in Kenya and Mozambique and the wellbeing of poor people living along the coast. The project started in September 2013.
The project has studied four communities in Kenya: Mombasa/Kongowea, Mkwiro, Vanga, and Tsunza and four communities in Mozambique: Maringahna, Mieze, Lalane, and Vamizi.
The project has collected data on 1) the state of the ecosystems, 2) who benefits from the ecosystem, 3) how ecosystem services support wellbeing, and 4) policies and interventions for the future. Throughout the project length, SPACES researcher have closely collaborated with local communities and stakeholders. SPACES had a first round of community feedback in the summer of 2016 and around of community dialogues in the Spring/Summer of 2017. Additonally, SPACES held two participatory workshops in both Kenya and Mozambique, and one-to-one meetings with key stakeholders to dessiminate SPACES findings.
Currently, SPACES is focusing on impact activities supported by an Impact Activity Fund from ESPA.
SPACES is a collaboration between Stockholm Resilience Centre, Exeter University, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Kenya Forestry Institute (KEFRI), Eduardo Mondlane University, and a number of other institutions in Kenya, Mozambique, UK and North America. In Kenya SPACES will collaborate with KCDP, Kenya Fisheries Department, UNDP, UNEP, local beach management units (BMUs) and community forestry associations (CFAs) and local and regional government.