Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation & World Water Day 2013

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Multidisciplinary Research Week 2013 at the University of Southampton
Friday, March 22, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (GMT)
Venue: University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Building 44, Room 1041

Ecosystem services describes the multitude of resources from nature, that humans benefit from, such as clean air, water, and food. As human populations grow, so do the demands on resources. Current ecosystem services research 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.

Read about the speakers.

James Dyke, organiser of the 1st TEDx at the University of Southampton will moderate the event. The event will be recorded, edited and available on youtube timely after the event.

  • 13.00 Come together, informal talk, fingerfood
  • 13.20 Welcome note by Prof Guy Poppy, Director of Multidisciplinary Research, University of Southampton
  • 13.30 Presentation of the ESPA DELTAs project by Dr Craig Hutton, University of Southampton. Craig 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.Video greeting from DELTAs partner in Bangladesh Prof Munsur Rahman, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • 13.45 ESPA ASSETS presentation. Dr Kate Schreckenberg, University of Southampton 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.Video greetings from ASSETS partner in Colombia Marcela Quintero, CIAT
  • 14.00 Ecosystem Services Approach and Mainstreaming Biodiversity – Experiences of GIZ/German Technical Cooperation. Dr Kirsten Probst, ecosystem services expert from the German Development Agency, GIZ will specify the research needs of their organisations and highlight how scientific knowledge can be of benefit to local populations and vice versa. Kirsten and her project colleagues are Member of the ASSETS advisory board.
  • 14.45 Coffee
  • 15.00 Research-policy linkages: lessons from recent developments at DFID. Dr Yvan Biot, Senior Scientist, Climate Change and Environment at DFID
  • 15.30 The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands. Dr Daniela Russi. Policy Analyst, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
  • 16.00 Panel discussion
  • 16.50 Closing Guy Poppy

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Register for the afternoon at eventbrite.

In association with Multidisciplinary Research Week 2013 at the University of Southampton and association the Southampton WaterAid local group.

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