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

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SPACES team meeting in Durban, South Africa

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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

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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

Diani Beach Sunrise

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.

Dominique D’Emille, a research assistant at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane summarizes the SPACES project.
(Video in Portuguese. Click on the cc/subtitles box at the bottom of the video for English subtitles)

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.


Community dialogue planning meeting in Mombasa, Kenya

The SPACES project has received a supplementary grant from SwedBIO to conduct community dialogues which are aimed at providing an engagement at the community level allowing an interface between perspectives, understandings and visions from community and higher levels as informed by SPACES research. A fruitful planning meeting was held in Mombasa, Kenya from 15th to […]


Live stream the ESPA Annual Science Conference

The ESPA Annual Science Conference is being held in Nairobi, Kenya from the 17th to the 18th of November. Three members of the SPACES team will be presenting during the conference, Katrina Brown, Tim Daw and Caroline Abunge. Other SPACES members will also be in attendance and participating in the conference.  Katrina will present her […]


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

Björn Schulte-Herbrüggen attended the European Ecosystem Services Conference held in Antwerp, Belgium 19-23 September 2016 (http://www.esconference2016.eu). The conference was organised by the Ecosystem Services Partnership (http://es-partnership.org), a worldwide network to enhance the science and practical application of ecosystem services. Björn gave a presentation entitled “The choice of poverty framework matters when assessing the contribution of […]


Researching El Niño at the Kenyan Coast

The 2015-2016 El Niño was one of the strongest on record. Worldwide, more than 60 million people were affected by floods, droughts and other weather extremes linked to the El Niño event. Coastal Kenya experienced intense flooding, including the communities of Vanga (Kwale county), where the SPACES project has worked over the past few years. […]

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