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.