Monday, November 22, 2010

 

CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation

The Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme is a partnership that brings together the Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to deliver a planned seven year interdisciplinary research programme, with a total budget of £40·5m. The ESPA programme is part of the Living With Environmental Change partnership.

ESPA's goal is to ensure that, in developing countries, ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty reduction and inclusive/sustainable growth.

To achieve this goal, ESPA will invest in cutting-edge research that delivers improved understanding of how ecosystem function, the services they provide, the full value of these services, and their potential role in achieving sustainable poverty reduction. Crucially, ESPA funded research must provide evidence and tools to enable decision makers and end users to manage ecosystems sustainably and in a way that contributes to poverty reduction.

This announcement of opportunity invites proposals for research consortium projects that will address this agenda.

Awards may be between three to five years in duration, with a total value of the project (the 100% full economic cost) between £500k and £4m, with exceptional projects able to bid for up to £5m.

More information.

Deadline: December 8, 2010

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