Managing multiple catchment demands for sustainablewater use and ecosystem service provision

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Abstract

Ensuring water, food and energy security for a growing world population represents a 21st century catchment management challenge. Failure to recognise the complexity of interactions across ecosystem service provision can risk the loss of other key environmental and socioeconomic benefits from the natural capital of catchment systems. In particular, the ability of soil and water to meet human needs is undermined by uncertainties around climate change effects, ecosystem service interactions and conflicting stakeholder interests across catchments. This critical review draws from an extensive literature to discuss the benefits and challenges of utilising an ecosystem service approach for integrated catchment management (ICM). State-of-the-art research on ecosystem service assessment, mapping and participatory approaches is evaluated and a roadmap of the key short- and longer-term research needs for maximising landscape-scale ecosystem service provision from catchments is proposed.

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Stosch, K. C., Quilliam, R. S., Bunnefeld, N., & Oliver, D. M. (2017, September 7). Managing multiple catchment demands for sustainablewater use and ecosystem service provision. Water (Switzerland). MDPI AG. https://doi.org/10.3390/w9090677

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