This impact activity targets impact partners and local and regional initiatives in coastal Kenya and Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. 8 coastal communities (urban and rural) in southern Kenya and northern Mozambique.These will be based on community-level deliberations at the eight SPACES rural and urban sites. Kenyan research sites include rural ‘South Coast’ sites (Vanga, Shimoni, Mkwiro, Jimbo) and sites in the vicinity of Mombasa (Four sub villages in the suburb of Kongowea in Nyali area and Tsunza). Mozambican research sites include sites near Pemba (Maringanha, Mieze and Paquiti).
Based in the scenic world heritage site of New Lanark Scotland, the first ever ESPA summer school saw more than 40 fellows, PhD students, researchers and speakers from around the world share ideas together. The week-long event aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of the way that ecosystem services can benefit the well-being of poor people in developing countries. Through an array of talks, presentations and workshops, the focus of the summer school was split between the themes of theory, practice and impact. (http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/events/sun-2016-04-10-1400/espa-summer-school-2016)
The first set of talks presented by Ece Ozdemiroglu and Nigel Asquith gave an insight into theory and practice through the topic of economic valuation and ecosystems. Close to my own research on exploring the values of mangrove ecosystems, the presentations introduced the concept of economic valuation of the environment, the strengths and weaknesses of a valuation approach, to how environmental valuation can manifest into pro-poor […]
Mr. Johnstone Omukoto Omuhaya, a research scientist at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) and a member of the SPACES team reports on his visit to the University of British Columbia that was part of bringing together the team working on the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) models. (more…)