Ecohydrological landscape management for human well-being.
2002 (English)In: Water International, ISSN 0250-8060, Vol. 25, no 2, 178-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper introduces a new perspective on water resources emphasizing the role of water vapor flows for human well-being. The connections between freshwater and ecosystem services in terrestrial environments are addressed, particularly the role of freshwater for the biota that sustains the flow of ecosystem services and the role of the biota that modifies freshwater flows. First, the water dependence of terrestrial ecosystem sewices and food production are analyzed. Secondly, two examples of unintentional, large-scale, water-mediated cascading effects related to ecosystem services that result from local, uncoordinated decisions in Australia and South Africa are discussed These two countries are taking the lead in the management of freshwater flows and terrestrial ecosystem services. Issues including potential conflicts of interest and trade-offs between food (or timber) production and ecosystem sewices at the catchment scale are taken into account. A world-wine, intentional ecohydrological landscape approach to handle these issues is suggested. One important step towards a more integrated approach to freshwater is the development of flexible institutional structures
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Illinois: INT WATER RESOURCES ASSOC , 2002. Vol. 25, no 2, 178-184 p.
ecohydrology; ecosystem services; ecosystem management; water resources
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23130OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-23130DiVA: diva2:190303
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162003-11-222003-11-222009-12-21Bibliographically approved