The Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES) project is a large collaborative initiative funded by the UK Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) program with some support from SwedBio. The project has (1) uncovered scientific knowledge on the complex relationship between ecosystem services, poverty, and human wellbeing, (2) built capacity among researchers at all levels, (3) developed and applied novel methodologies and processes, and (4) engaged with tens of stakeholders in both countries.

The project has studied four communities in both Mozambique and Kenya

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.


Impact Story: Upscaling a successful carbon offset project in Vanga

Vanga, one of the SPACES sites, is characterized by a mangrove forest in good condition. SPACES researcher have collected baseline data on the mangrove forest quality and socio-economic data from the community. Another, ESPA funded project, CESEA, has also collected data in Vanga. The data collected from these two...

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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...

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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,...

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UK Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)