Assessing health, livelihoods, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in populous deltas (ESPA)

PML contact: Professor Icarus Allen

Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Start date: March 2012
End date: March 2016

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This ESPA Delta project aims to provide policy makers with the knowledge and tools to enable them to evaluate the effects of decisions on people's livelihoods. A team of international, multidisciplinary policy analysts, scientists and engineers will evaluate ecosystem services and poverty in the context of the changes which are occurring, for example subsidence, sea level rise and population pressure in delta regions. 

ESPA’s research will improve the lives of people in developing countries by filling knowledge gaps that currently limit the way that ecosystem services contribute to the alleviation of poverty.

ESPA Delta is part of a collection of research activities in populous deltas and the effect of climate change on the physical, biological, social and economic environments of the deltas and their inhabitants. Our contribution is focused on modelling the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta region and the Bay of Bengal shelf region, providing projections of ecosystem production and change and potential changes in fish production.

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