What has wellbeing got to do with the price of fish: A focus on fishers’ income might miss opportunities for sustainable poverty alleviation

Value Chain Analysis Data Treat

Exploring wellbeing and ecosystem services at the Resillience for Development Colloquium, Johannesburg

Community Dialogues in Kenya

Tourism at the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park 2011-2015

A Look Back: SPACES in 2016

SPACES Final Team Meeting

New paper from SPACES team members shows the positive correlation between the orange-lined triggerfish and calcifier cover

SPACES at the ESPA 2016 Annual Science Conference

Community dialogue planning meeting in Mombasa, Kenya

Live stream the ESPA Annual Science Conference

The choice of poverty framework matters when assessing the contribution of ecosystem services to poverty alleviation

Researching El Niño at the Kenyan Coast

SPACES Value Chain research presented at international fisheries economics meeting

Feedback of SPACES finding to the communities in Kenya and Mozambique

ESPA summer school: An ambitious journey from practice to policy

Environmental change – who cares, who benefits, who loses?

Working on the virtual fisheries of Kenya and Mozambique – From Vancouver, Canada!

ESPA 2016 Annual Science conference

SPACES research presented at WIOMSA symposium in South Africa

SPACES team meeting in Durban, South Africa

Report from the second round of major SPACES stakeholder workshops are posted on the website.

Group Photo Workshop 2

Finding Our Way to Transdisciplinarity: Reflections from the Second SPACES Multistakeholder Workshop in Kenya

Creating Positive Stories of the Future

Ken & Tan - migrants 166

The price of fish in Kenyan value chains is not as straightforward as people think

Caroline explains the scenarios (photo by Diego Galafassi) Research team member Caroline Abunge at a meeting with a mixed group of fishers and traders introduces one of four future scenarios. These scenarios demonstrated tradeoffs by exploring how different groups of people might fare better or worse under different possible futures.

New paper from SPACES team members reveals ‘taboo tradeoffs’ that challenge the management of ecosystem services, and lays the ground for SPACES research

Video: Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being

Connections between Ecosystem Services & Human Wellbeing (video)

Aligning Global Indicators for Coral Reef Fisheries Monitoring in the Western Indian Ocean Workshop


How important are parrotfish for coral reef islands?

Too hot to do modelling? – cool techniques to develop models as thinking tools

Diani beach and lagoon

SPACES model training workshop, Diani, Kenya

Linking poverty alleviation and sustainable coastal ecosystems in Mozambique

Looking into the Future Workshop, Diani

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.





UK Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (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.

Impacting communities in Kenya one organization at a time

In Kenya, SPACES team members have led community dialogues in the local communities where SPACES research was gathered. The dialogues were a way for SPACES to thank the communities for their participation in the research process and for the community members to discuss the research findings amongst themselves and what the implications are for the […]


Investigating patterns of subjective wellbeing in Kenya and Mozambique

Early in June at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), Nicole Reid successfully presented her  masters thesis on “Patterns of Subjective Wellbeing in Coastal Kenya and Mozambique and Factors Affecting It”. Nicole Reid was part of the Master’s program Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development at the SRC. For her thesis, Nicole explored the subjective wellbeing data […]


What has wellbeing got to do with the price of fish: A focus on fishers’ income might miss opportunities for sustainable poverty alleviation

SPACES research informs a call to consider fisheries benefits to wellbeing beyond income. An income focus can miss non-monetary dimensions of poverty, unequal distributions and whether it is spent and saved to improve people’s quality of life. By Tim Daw and Ida Gabrielsson For the past four years, SPACES has conducted research in coastal communities […]


Value Chain Analysis Data Treat

  These figures illustrate how income generated from the reef fish value chain is shared amongst different actors in two sites in Kenya. The size of the fish represents the total income generated by the value chain and this is divided into the coloured areas according to how it is shared amongst the groups. So […]