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SPACES is a new ESPA funded project aiming to empirically test and understand the complex relationship between ecosystem services and the wellbeing of the poor in coastal Kenya and Mozambique. SPACES is funded by the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme for £1.9M over three years. It is a collaboration between Stockholm Resilience Centre, Exeter University, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Eduardo Mondlane University, Wildlife Conservation Society and a number of other institutions in Kenya, Mozambique, UK and North America.

Key features

SPACES will study how the condition of coral reefs and mangroves and how ecological dynamics affects the 'flow' of potentially useful services, how human inputs turn these into benefits and how social processes distribute these benefits to different members of society. The programme will work with poor communities to understand how these benefits actually contribute to people's wellbeing.

The project will comparatively analyse these 'ecosystem-wellbeing' chains for different kinds of ecosystem services in different contexts to understand 'elasticities' between ecosystems and wellbeing and policy levers that can enhance how poor people benefit from ecosystem services. SPACES will then use participatory models and scenarios with stakeholders to understand the local social ecological systems in terms of feedback dynamics, tradeoffs and opportunities for sustainable poverty alleviation

Led by

Tim Daw (Stockholm Resilience Centre)


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PECS - Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society

Stockholm Resilience Centre

Stockholm University
SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting address: Kräftriket 2

+46 734 60 70 68


The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a core project of Future Earth. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.