Poverty and ecology: developing a new evolutionary approach

This is a two year project (2011-2013) funded through the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme.
The overarching objective of our project is to empower the rural poor with the information needed to make appropriate choices for the sustainable management of landscapes. We take the standpoint that poverty alleviation in rural communities demands accurate information about the complex dynamics and interactions of ecological processes and services in the region, particularly the feedbacks and thresholds within the system. Only then can sustainable practices for landscape management be properly defined and deployed.

The ESPA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change Programme (LWEC).