Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services


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. Read more about SPACES here

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.


New Publication: Kenyan and Mozambican coral reef ‘carbonate budgets’ contribute to international picture of corals under sea-level rise.

SPACES coral reef surveys have contributed to an international picture of how reefs might be able to grow to keep up with sea-level rise, recently published in Nature. The growth of coral reefs is strongly influenced by the amount and types of coral living on the reef surface, but...

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New SPACES publication on the importance of stories in facilitating transformative workshops

This paper, authored by PhD candidate Diego Galafassi in collaboration with SPACES team members drew on reflections from the SPACES multistakeholder workshops. It has recently been published in Ecology and Society. See the news item about the paper on the Stockholm Resilience Centre website Full citation: Galafassi, D., T....

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New MOOC on ‘Transforming development’ launched by Stockholm Resilience Centre and partners, featuring SPACES outputs

On APRIL 30th, 2018, the course “Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking” Begins! The SPACES project will be featured during Module 5 of the course (launched on 28th May) “The Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University and the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at Stellenbosch University, in partnership with the SDG...

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Uncovering the amazing behind the scenes achievements by Tzunza community to build on SPACES knowledge and dialogues.

Chris Cheupe, April 2018 SPACES spent lots of effort in order to disseminate information with the hope of improving the wellbeing of the people in the study communities.  Impact activities which aim at bringing change at the community have been done using both top down (high level workshops) and...

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A Look Back at SPACES in 2017

In 2017, SPACES focused on communicating research to different stakeholders. As four years of research funding from ESPA (the UK Ecosystem Services from Poverty Alleviation programme) concluded, 30 team members from Kenya, Mozambique, UK and Sweden gathered in Stockholm to work on analyse findings and strategise on impact. With...

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SPACES Data Explorer

In May 2017, SPACES researchers received additional impact funding from ESPA to share the project’s knowledge assets. The funding was used to develop SPACES Data Explorer. The idea springs from suggestions that the stakeholders gave in pilot interviews, about sharing findings with graphs and making it more user friendly....

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Video: Ecosystems are important for people beyond a dollar amount People obtain benefits from nature. Sustainable poverty alleviation should support ecosystem services, the benefits that people obtain from nature, that are less extractive and non-monetary. Rather than focusing on the monetary aspects of ecosystem services, which may fuel resource extraction. Ecosystems are important for people beyond monetary benefits....

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A short video clip about SPACES Over the past four years, researchers within the Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystems (SPACES) project have been exploring how different forms of poverty are connected to ecosystems. They studied environmental contributions to wellbeing and poverty alleviation in poor coastal communities in Kenya and Mozambique. The project was...

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Redefining poverty in Kenya’s fishing villages

Redefining poverty in Kenya’s fishing villages SPACES findings on the different dimensions of poverty have been highlighted in a recent article on Rethink.Earth. Fishers in Kenya occupy one of the more lucrative jobs along the coast, but many of them still miss meals and live in basic house made...

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2017 WIOMSA Symposium: Here we come!

Next week researchers and practitioners will gather together in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the 10th Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Symposium. SPACES team members will be in attendance to share their research, insights, and lessons learned. Tim Daw will be one of two speakers opening the...

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UK Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)