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Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

MRW13: Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Event

13:00 - 17:00
22 March 2013
Building 44, Room 1041, Highfield Campus

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Event details

World Water Day: water cooperation In association with the Southampton WaterAid local group. This year we join the global community in the UN International Year of Water Cooperation. Water cooperation has multiple dimensions and a interdisciplinary approach and is therefore essential to grasp the many facets and blend them into a holistic vision. Come and celebrate.

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation

Ecosystem services describes the multitude of resources from nature, that humans benefit from, such as clean air, water, and food. As human populations grow, so do the demands on resources. Current ecosystem services research at Southampton seeks to improve the lives of more than one billion people living in poverty around the world by providing policy makers with tools to enable them to manage ecosystems sustainably, and reduce poverty.




13:00 Finger buffet and refreshments

13:30 Professor Guy Poppy will present the ASSETS project which is developing modelling and risk management tools to address issues linked with food security and nutritional health for the millions of rural poor living in the forest and agriculture landscapes in Amazonia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

14:00 Dr Craig Hutton will discuss the ESPA Deltas Project, highlighting research being carried out in Bangladesh to evaluate the effects of development policy decisions on people's living conditions. River deltas are home to an estimated 500 million people globally living in significant poverty, with particular concentrations in coastal Asia and Africa. Both of Professor Poppy's and Dr Hutton's projects are working in close relationship with the local governments and global partners from whom we will have video statements.

15:00 Tea/Coffee Break

15:30 The external speakers of today's event, Dr Kirsten Probst, ecosystem services expert of the German Development Agency, GIZ and a representative of a donor agency will specify the research needs of their organisations and highlight how scientific knowledge can benefit local populations.

16:00 Panel discussion and questions from the audience

16:50 Closure


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