How ESPA’s research is changing lives and enhancing global sustainability

Paul van Gardingen

The Director of the UK’s Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme (ESPA,, Paul van Gardingen will provide an overview of the ESPA programme, its projects and early results to illustrate how and when ecosystem services can reduce poverty in low-income countries.  Examples from ESPA projects in Africa, Asia and South America will be used to illustrate the types of new knowledge emerging from ESPA projects, including a number coordinated from the University of Southampton.  The presentation will also consider the relevance of ESPA’s research to the UN’s proposed Sustainable Development Goals as an example of how research can contribute to policy and practice around the world.

Two out of the three 2011 ESPA Grants are coordinated at the University of Southampton: ASSETS ( and Deltas (

Date: 12. September
Time: 14.00 to 15.00 pm
Venue: Buidling 44 / Room 1057
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