Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

Timeline:  December 2016 – November 2017

Description: This project aimed to co-produce various evidence syntheses with sub-Saharan African decision-makers in the context of ecosystem services and their impact on poverty alleviation. An evidence map was first synthesised to understand the current research landscape of ecosystem services evidence in relation to different components of multi-dimensional poverty. Then, we consulted various stakeholders to gain insight into the key research priorities for decision-makers based on the findings of the evidence map. This process provided direction for four rapid evidence assessments (REAs).

Outputs: Our research first produced an evidence map:

Interactive evidence map on the links between ecosystem services interventions and multi-dimensional poverty in Africa

We then conducted the following four rapid evidence assessments (REAs):

  1. Does governance type in protected areas matter for poverty? A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the evidence from sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Marine resource management impacts on multi-dimensional poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa: a Rapid Evidence Assessments.
  3. Methods used in ecosystem services and poverty alleviation research: a Rapid Evidence Assessment.
  4. Decision tools for ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: a Rapid Evidence Assessment.