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Sustainability Science

ESPA 2013 Annual Science Conference  Event

09:00 - 17:00
20 - 21 November 2013
Charles Darwin House, London, UK

Event details

The ESPA 2013 Annual Science Conference will be taking place at Charles Darwin House, London, UK on the 20th and 21st of November.


ESPA 2013 Annual Science Conference 

Winners and Losers: Trade-offs in Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation


Across the developing world, millions are utterly dependent on their surroundings, with local environments relied upon on to provide life's essentials to an increasingly varied cross section of society. Managing habitats so that they stay healthy and contribute to the fight against poverty is a major challenge for the decades ahead.

To do this requires an understanding of how different groups benefit from nature. Do certain land management decisions improve life for some at the expense of others? Can these conflicting demands be balanced fairly? And how are the needs of nature balanced against the needs of people?

This conference will bring together leading experts to present the latest research findings and explore some of these issues.

 Confirmed plenary speakers are:

 Professor Katherine Homewood, University College London, UK

 Professor Edward Barbier, University of Wyoming, USA

Dr Shrinivas Badiger, Land, Water and Livelihoods Programme, Centre for Environment and Development Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment Royal Enclave, India



To register for a place at the Conference, please visit

Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please register for a place as soon as possible. Registration will close six weeks prior to the conference (5pm UK time, 07 October 2013), or earlier if all places are allocated. 

Please note that the ESPA Conference is free to attend, however, you are required to arrange and pay for your own travel and accommodation needs.

The closing date for the submission of abstracts was the 26th of April. All applicants have now been informed of the outcome of the abstract selection process. If, for any reason, you've not received your response from the ESPA Directorate please contact Ruth Swanney.

All selected abstracts will be published in the conference programme, which will be available on the website.


Further Information:

The draft conference programme is available here

For further information, please visit the ESPA website at:



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