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.

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.

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

SPACES has been investigating ecosystem services and their contribution to poverty alleviation in Kenya and Mozambique since 2013. One part of this project has looked at tourism in the South Coast region of Kenya. From 2013-2015 Kenya had terrorism related travel advisories. SPACES co-investigator, Chris Sandbrook, analysed tourism data from 2011-2015 to understand how the […]


A Look Back: SPACES in 2016

SRC leads the UK ESPA-funded project: Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES) which aims to understand how coastal ecosystem services contribute to the wellbeing of poor people in coastal Kenya and Northern Mozambique. The project is a collaboration between from Mozambican, Kenyan, Swedish, British and Canadian research institutions. During 2016 the project focused on […]


SPACES Final Team Meeting

Grey skies, an icy lake, and the remnants of a snow covered ground. Welcome to Stockholm, Sweden in February; the location of  the final SPACES team meeting, for many, a world away in both distance and temperature. Besides that fact that it was cold and dreary outside, the team made the best of it and […]


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

SPACES Co-investigators, Tim McClanahan and Nyawira Muthiga, have recently published the paper, Similar impacts of fishing and environmental stress on calcifying organisms in Indian Ocean coral reefs (Open Access– free to read) in the Marine Ecology Progress Series. They investigated coral and calcifier cover in 201 western Indian Ocean reefs.  McClanahan and Muthiga found that coral and calcifier cover […]