Fisherman on the bank

Fisherman in Mozambique

Research Group

The project is a long-term, international collaboration whose participants are listed to the left.

Michalis Revmatas and Fraser Hartley (PhD students)

SPACES (Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services)

Professor Katrina Brown, Dr Tomas Chaigneau alongside Professor Chris Perry and 30 partners from Kenya, Mozambique, the UK and Canada, is leading a three-year project to investigate the relationships between ecosystems and human wellbeing.  The £1.9 million collaboration with the Stockholm Resilience Centre aims to help alleviate poverty and improve sustainable resource use in the poor coastal communities of Mozambique and Kenya.

Providing new insights into how ecosystems benefit some of the world's most disadvantaged, the project plans to investigate, for example, how valuable conserving ecosystem services – reef fisheries, and carbon sequestration by coastal mangroves, for example – can have positive impacts on a community’s poorest members, such as women fish traders or landless farmers.

Professor Brown says: “The project aims to have a direct impact on the wellbeing of the poor inhabitants of the rapidly transforming coastal areas in Mozambique and Kenya. We also aim to provide indirect impact to coastal poor in other developing countries through our international impact strategy.” 

Principal researchers

SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme for £1.9M over three years - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf

SPACES is a collaboration between researchers from the following institutions:

  • University of Exeter (Professor Katrina Brown, Dr Tomas Chaigneau)
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique
  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
  • Northumbria University
  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Kenya
  • The University of British Columbia (UBC), Fisheries Centre
  • Stanford University
  • University of East Anglia
  • World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Cambridge University
  • Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment, Mozambique Ministry for Coordination of Environmental Affairs
  • Kenya Forestry Research Institute
  • Universidade Lurio, Pemba, Mozambique

Grants and funding

SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme for £1.9M over three years - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf
SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme for £1.9M over three years - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf

SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme for £1.9 million over three years, and also by the DFID), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and National Environment Research Council (NERC).

SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme for £1.9M over three years - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf
SPACES is a new ESPA funded project - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf
SPACES is a new ESPA funded project - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf
SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme for £1.9M over three years - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf
SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme for £1.9M over three years - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf
SPACES is a new ESPA funded project - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf

Project website

SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme for £1.9M over three years - See more at: http://www.espa.ac.uk/news-events/espa-news/2013-05/38416#sthash.j2XklqcV.dpuf

Much more detail on the project is available here.