SPACES is a research project which was started in September, 2013 and will run up to February 2017. It aims to collaborate with stakeholders living and working at the coast to identify opportunities for coastal ecosystems to contribute more to poor people’s lives and wellbeing. In the video above, Professor Kate Brown introduces the SPACES aims and framework.
To contribute to poverty alleviation by combining scientific research and knowledge, with local expertise and coastal people’s own experiences and knowledge.
SPACES will study how the condition of coral reefs and mangroves, and the ecological dynamics that determine this, affects the ‘flow’ of potentially useful services, how human inputs turn these into benefits and how social processes distribute these benefits to different members of society.
The project will analyse these ‘ecosystem-wellbeing’ chains and compare them across different kinds of ecosystem services in different contexts to understand how ecosystem services are linked to wellbeing and to identify potential policy levers that can enhance how poor people benefit from ecosystem services.
SPACES activities include:
SPACES will use participatory models and scenarios with stakeholders to understand the local social ecological systems in terms of feedback dynamics, trade-offs and opportunities for sustainable poverty alleviation. This part of the project will build on methods developed in a previous ESPA framework grant.
Our collaboration with a range of partners aims to have impacts on the wellbeing of poor inhabitants of the rapidly transforming coastal areas in Mozambique and Kenya.