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.


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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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...

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UK Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)