April 10, 2018   Faculty Of Science Bimonthly Bulletin

Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) is a 43.9 million Pounds global interdisciplinary research programme that has funded more than 100 projects over eight years, examining how ecosystems function and how the services that they provide support efforts to alleviate poverty and / or enhance well-being for poor people in developing countries. Jointly funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Natural Research Council (NERC), and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), ESPA projects included the full involvement of talented developing country researchers working across disciplinary boundaries

ESPA is scheduled to draw to a close in March 2018 with programme activities now focusing on the dissemination of ESPA insights to key stakeholder groups, and the establishment of a legacy for the ESPA investment at the global, regional, national and local levels. It is in this light that ESPA organized a 3 day Professional Development Course at Chancellor College from 27th February—1st March 2018, with an overarching aim to enhance the capacity of lecturers to teach senior undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation in African Universities.

The PDC drew participants from Chancellor College, Polytechnic, Mzuzu University, Malawi College of Forestry and Wildlife, and Museums of Malawi, with trainers drawn from UK, Kenya and Malawi. It is hoped that after the PDC, lecturers are going to incorporate the ESPA insights into their lessons and curriculum, and train others on the same.

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