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 across both regions this growth is now being hampered by combinations of coral disease, deteriorating water quality and fishing pressure, along with severe impacts from “coral bleaching” caused by climate change. By counting the organisms responsible for building up and eroding reefs, SPACES team members Chris Perry and Fraser Januchowski-Hartley have been able to calculate the ‘carbonate budget’ and estimate how quickly reefs can grow towards the surface (the ‘accretion rate’).
In the figure below, the Mozambican (17) and Kenyan (18) SPACES sites can be seen in comparison to reefs from around the Indian ocean and Western Atlantic. The poorest reefs in […]
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.
Galafassi, D., T. M. Daw, M. Thyresson, S. Rosendo, T. Chaigneau, S. Bandeira, L. Munyi, I. Gabrielsson, and K. Brown. 2018. Stories in social-ecological knowledge cocreation. Ecology and Society 23(1):23.
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 Academy are pleased to announce the launch of our Massive, Open, Online Course (MOOC) entitled Transforming Development: The Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking.
The 7-week course is available for FREE and includes more than 30 lectures featuring leading scientists and practitioners working to apply resilience thinking, covering case studies and examples from every continent in the world, except Antarctica!
More information and a trailer for the course is available here: https://courses.sdgacademy.org/learn/transforming-development-the-science-and-practice-of-resilience-thinking-april-2018
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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 bottom up (community feedback meeting and dialogue) approaches.
With regard to these impact activities the communities have seemingly done a lot which have remained undocumented. Due to this, it is difficult to gauge the progress and challenges faced by the community members in their effort to apply the knowledge generated from the impact activities.
SPACES project has collected data in the Kenyan coastal sites including Kongowea, Vanga, Shimoni areas and Tsunza. The project has also conducted feedback meeting with these communities with an aim of disseminating its key findings. Apart from generously sharing data with the team members, the community continued with the […]
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 additional funding from SwedBio and ESPA the SPACES team engaged in in-depth and interactive dialogues with several local communities. In Kenya the dialogues also inspired a play developed by a local community theater group. The dialogues generated suggestions for action such as capacity building on alternative livelihoods and access to financial services.
The outcomes of the dialogues and the SPACES’s research were presented during meetings with 22 key institutions like Pemba Municipality, the Red Cross, and the WWF. These meetings were attended by over 150 staff and associates.
The SPACES team also developed the SPACES Data Explorer which makes data on basic needs, ecosystem services, and wellbeing accessible to a wider audience beyond academia. The tool is based on requests from stakeholders for more accessible ways to share findings. It was presented during the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association Symposium, where SPACES co-hosted a full day special session with ESPA. It was also shared with key stakeholders in Kenya and Mozambique.
SPACES research has also been presented at the Resilience Colloquium, the Resilience Conference, and the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) Conference. SPACES findings highlighting relations between oceans, poverty and wellbeing were also presented at The UN Ocean Conference in New York in June.