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An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security. Synthesis Report

An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security. Synthesis Report
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2011
  • This publication looks at how an ecosystem services approach to the management of water and other natural resources, and the policies that affect that management, can create more stable and sustainable food production and enhanced food security. It brings together the best thinking available from a number of fields to tease out the interconnections between ecosystems, water and food; suggests a way forward; and identifies specific ecosystem-based opportunities to increase food production in ways that make optimal use of water resources, protect the resource base, and improve the incomes and food security of poor people. The main body of this publication focuses on three main areas that require change: environmental protection, water resources management and food production (agriculture, aquaculture and livestock). This publication offers the basis for a multisector agenda on food security, while also providing sector-specific recommendations to guide policymakers and practitioners in ministries and departments responsible for the environment, water, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and livestock as well as donors, international agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) investing and working in these sectors.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Ecosystem services, Food security
  • Main target audience: Development agencies, Environmental practitioners, Ministries, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Advocacy
  • Type of resource: Executive summary
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Published in 2015