Thursday, March 29, 2012

0 Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) research programme aims to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge research that will improve our understanding of the way ecosystems function, the services they provide and their relationship with the political economy and sustainable growth.
The research will provide the evidence and tools to enable decision-makers to manage ecosystems sustainably and in a way that contributes to poverty reduction.
ESPA is a seven year, £40.5 million interdisciplinary research programme funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change partnership.  
The ESPA programme will issue a series of competitive calls for proposals. In addition to the main ESPA call in 2010 for consortium projects, there will be additional opportunities in 2011 and 2013 for smaller projects designed to complement ESPA’s initial research investments. The ESPA Directorate will issue a series of calls for proposals covering activities including capacity building, research into use, knowledge synthesis and evaluation.
ESPA’s goal is to ensure that, in developing countries, ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty reduction as well as inclusive and sustainable growth.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

0 Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation (RSGs)

The Rufford Small Grants Foundation seeks to fund people whose work makes a pragmatic, substantial and long-lasting contribution to nature conservation. Such work often includes other elements such as sustainable development, public education and environmental campaigning. Rufford Small Grants are designed to provide accessible and flexible funding for those who want to bring about change. Conservationists from any country working anywhere in the developing world are welcome to apply. Projects in the First World will not normally be considered for funding. Applicants are not restricted to qualified scientists, but must be able to compile a written report to describe and quantify the success of their work with appropriate references. Undergraduate and school level expeditions are not eligible. More information about the Rufford Small Grants Foundation and previous Award and Grant recipients may be found on the Foundation’s website at


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