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Biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation: What constitutes good evidence?

Chris Sandbrook

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PCLG Discussion Paper number 10 is intended to stimulate debate about what consitutes good evidence in biodiversity, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation research. The paper has been produced as a component of the project “Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation: Assessing the Current State of the Evidence”, funded by an Evidence and Impact Research Grant, under the DFID-NERC-ESRC Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) research programme.

This paper provides a brief overview of the literature on evidence, with a particular emphasis on the question of what constitutes good evidence. In doing so it seeks to identify a series of key take-home messages, rather than to provide a detailed review of what is a highly theorised and technical academic literature.

This publication is an output of the Poverty and Conservation Learning Group (PCLG) - Discussion Paper, number 10

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  • IIED code: G03715
  • Published: Jan 2013 - PCLG
  • Theme: Biodiversity
  • Language: English

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There is an explicit assumption that reducing the rate of biodiversity loss can help in efforts to tackle global poverty. But the evidence for this assumption is surprisingly weak. This project aimed to review the existing evidence base, identify knowledge gaps and make evidence more widely available.

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