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Water-related Ecosystem Services and Food Security
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. University of York, UK.
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2013 (English)In: Managing water and agroecosystems for food security / [ed] E. Boelee, Wallingford: CABI Publishing, 2013, Vol. 10, 29-41 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
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The ecosystem setting of both agriculture and water provides a conceptual framework for managing the needs of agriculture for water and the impacts of water upon agriculture. Water underpins all benefits (ecosystem services) that ecosystems provide, including all agricultural production. The availability of water, in terms of both its quantity and quality, is also influenced heavily by ecosystem functioning. Understanding this relationship of water, ecosystems and their services with agriculture is at the heart of understanding, and therefore managing, water and food security. There are opportunities to move beyond seeing the agriculture-ecosystem-water interface as one of conflict and trade-offs, towards simultaneously achieving both increases in sustainable food production and improvements in the delivery of other ecosystem benefits by agriculture through more widespread adoption of ecosystem-based solutions. These concepts and approaches are explained briefly here as an introduction to understanding the interlinkages between ecosystem services, water and food security in subsequent chapters of the book.

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Wallingford: CABI Publishing, 2013. Vol. 10, 29-41 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105957DOI: 10.1079/9781780640884.0000ISI: 000334353800005ISBN: 978-1-78064-088-4OAI: diva2:733126


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