Using the future to make better decisions in the present in Cabo delgado SPACES Workshop Report, Pemba, Mozambique 15-17th September 2015
SPACES organized a three-day workshop with the title “Using the future to make better decisions in the present” at Raphael’s hotel in Pemba, Mozambique, from 15 to 17 September 2015, which gathered a wide range of organizations including experts in poverty alleviation and sustainable resource management from government, community organizations, nongovernmental organizations and conservation and education sectors in Cabo Delgado.
The workshop aimed to:
1) Engage stakeholders in the findings from the SPACES project.
2) Explore how human well-being and the ecosystem health might change in different future
3) Identify interventions for poverty alleviation and sustainable ecosystem
management and explore how they would work under different scenarios and
4) Identify existing initiatives (“seeds”) that could change the course of the scenarios.
During day 1, focus was on disseminating and discussion SPACES preliminary research findings and re-engage with the future scenarios developed in the first workshop in February.
Day 2´s focus was on exploring human well-being and ecosystem health and explore how this might change in different future scenarios. Also to identify and stress-test interventions for poverty alleviation and sustainable ecosystem management and explore how they would work under different scenarios.
On day 3, the collaborating researchers from the SAPECS team (Sothern African Program on Ecosystem Services) led an exercise where participants discussed ideas of an existing project or initiative (“seeds”) that they believed could have a positive impact on the future.
During the workshop, key messages on poverty alleviation and sustainable resource management were collected and will be summarized and delivered at one national and one international policy level workshop organized by SPACES in 2016. The workshop was facilitated by the project partners and applied participatory tools and methods to ensure close interactions among the participants and facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience. Experiential learning was encouraged through group work, presentations, role play and plenary sessions.
Looking to the future – linking poverty alleviation and sustainable coastal ecosystems in Kenya. SPACES Workshop Report, Diani, Kenya 3-4th February 2015
A two-day stakeholder workshop “Looking to the future- Linking poverty alleviation and sustainable coastal ecosystems in coastal Kenya” was held on 03-04 February 2015 at the Leopard Beach hotel in Diani, Mombasa and attended by participants dealing with issues on poverty alleviation and sustainable resource management from government, community organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
The workshop aimed to engage stakeholders to collaboratively explore linkages between coastal ecosystems and poverty alleviation in the current social-ecological system and in likely suture scenarios. In addition, SPACES aims to critically evaluate participants’ learning outcomes from the workshop. For this purpose, interviews and questionnaires were conducted before and after the workshop, and participants’ monitored throughout the workshop.
During day 1, workshop participants worked in foru groups discussing their understanding of the current social-ecological system and representing this in the form of a system diagram, including components and interactions between them.
During day 2, participants identified drivers of change and based on these developed imaginative but yet plausible future ‘scenarios’ of what the coast might look like 2045.
The workshop was facilitated by the project partners from different institutions (Wildlife Conservation Society- Kenya, University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique and Stockholm Resilience Centre in Stockholm, Sweden).