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Cross-sectoral approaches help build water resilience – reflections
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
Stockholm University, Stockholm Environment Institute.
2014 (English)In: Aquatic Procedia, ISSN 2214-241X, Vol. 2, 42-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Future challenges for the planet includes e.g. population growth, climate change and urbanisation. The combined pressure from these and other processes on water, energy and ecosystem services call for cross-sectoral approaches to increase the resilience of society, with particular aim to reduce hydro-climatic hazards and secure water availability of sufficient quantity and quality. In the global strife to achieve this water resilience, we pinpoint four strategies of pivotal importance. These are: 1) to ensure sustainable utilisation of ecosystems and their services; 2) to ensure that interventions for increased resilience are tailor-made to local conditions; 3) to broaden livelihood opportunities in order to make income-generating activities less dependent on only one sector or resource; and 4) to facilitate interactions between rural and urban areas and processes. Although the challenges mentioned are largely human induced, the power to address these are also within human reach. It is only if we properly facilitate work building on the linkages between humans and the environment that we can enhance water resilience.

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2014. Vol. 2, 42-47 p.
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resilience, adaptation, climate change, water hazards, development, livelihoods, urbanisation, ecosystem services
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-106549DOI: 10.1016/j.aqpro.2014.07.007ISI: 000348253000006OAI: diva2:737221
Annual World Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden, September 01-06, 2013
Available from: 2014-08-12 Created: 2014-08-12 Last updated: 2015-02-16Bibliographically approved

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