Ecosystem services is a term used to describe the multitude of resources humans benefit from nature such as clean air, water, and food. As human population grows, so do the demands on resources. Research currently being undertaken at Southampton seeks to improve the lives of more than one billion people living in poverty around the world by providing policy makers with tools to enable them to manage ecosystems sustainably, and reduce poverty.
Professor Guy Poppy will present the ASSETS project which is developing modelling and risk management tools to address issues linked with food security and nutritional health for the millions of rural poor living in the forest and agriculture landscapes in Amazonia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Craig Hutton will discuss the ESPA Deltas Project, highlighting research being carried out in Bangladesh to evaluate the effects of development policy decisions on people’s living conditions. River deltas are home to an estimated 500 million people globally living in significant poverty, with particular concentrations in coastal Asia and Africa.
Both projects are working in close relationship with the local governments and global partners. External speakers of todays event will specify research needs but more than this show-up ways of turning the scientific knowledge into benefit for local populations. Specifically Dr Kirsten Probst of GIZ, the German International Cooperation Agency will talk about “Ecosystem Services Approach and Mainstreaming Biodiversity – Experiences of GIZ/German Technical Cooperation”.
Watch this space for up-date on more speakers.
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