Building ecosystem services for poverty alleviation

Climate and Resilience (CLARE) is a partnership co-funded by IDRC and the UK’s Department for International Development. CLARE selected a group of recently closed or near to closing IDRC-supported research programs to further develop and scale their results for greater impact. The selected recipients are expected to participate in a mid-term learning review in late 2020 to reflect on their efforts to achieve scaling and research uptake.

One of these recipients is the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA). This project integrates results from ESPA by supporting four initiatives with strong potential for further scaling or uptake of results to achieve greater impact.

The first initiative will build on a community-based mangrove conservation effort funded through the sale of carbon credits. New work will seek to replicate this effort and scale conservation by selling blue carbon credits in the Vanga Blue Forest in Kenya.

The second initiative will involve strengthening reforestation efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change in Madagascar. This work will inform the implementation of the national reforestation plan, with local people delivering field-based training sessions for government officials.

The third initiative is to scale climate-smart cocoa production in Ghana. New work will focus on establishing a monitoring network in comparable forest-cocoa landscapes in lands adjacent to the Kakum National Park, including analysis of historical satellite imagery and long-term cocoa productivity data.

The fourth initiative will transition the wood fuel industry in southern Mozambique. New work aims to assist three villages in managing the expansion of the wood fuel sector by developing a regional plan to ensure more sustainable harvests and reduce associated carbon emissions

Project ID

109238

Project status

Active

Duration

22 months

IDRC Officer

Bruce Currie-Alder

Total funding

CA$ 1,113,500

Countries

Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique

Project Leader

Mark Huxham

Institution

The Court of Edinburgh Napier University

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

http://www.napier.ac.uk

Project Leader

Julia Jones

Institution

Bangor University/Prifysgol Bangor

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

http://www.bangor.ac.uk

Project Leader

Ken Norris

Institution

Zoological Society of London

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

http://www.zsl.org

Project Leader

Casey Ryan

Institution

The University Court of The University of Edinburgh

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Institution Website

http://www.ed.ac.uk/