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Releasing the Pressure: Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services

Releasing the Pressure: Water Resource Efficiencies and Gains for Ecosystem Services
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). March 2012
  • This document discusses the need to balance short-term water productivity gains - in particular in agriculture - with the long-term role that water flows provide for maintaining sustainable landscape ecosystem services, and serving multiple benefits to human well-being. The document provides a summary of concepts around the nexus of water productivity, water flows in landscapes and ecosystem services. It gives examples (through case studies) on the trade-offs and opportunities between water productivity improvements and the water-related services provided by other ecosystems. The document is structured around a set of key messages, with each one explaining a key aspect of the relationship between how humans use water, the issue of water productivity related to its use, and potential impacts on different ecosystem services. It strives to be relevant to practitioners, in the areas of planning and management of agriculture, planning of land-use, forestry, biofuels, and water, and natural resource management.
  • Geographical coverage: Africa, Global, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Philippines, Tunisia, Zambia, Kothapally, Hail Haor, Sekong, Kitui, Darewadi, Luancheng, Bali
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Ecosystem services, Environment, Forests, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Livelihoods, Water security, Wetlands
  • Main target audience: Agriculture sector, Forest managers, Land-use planners, Project planners
  • Main purpose: Guidance
  • Type of resource: Case studies, Key messages
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Published in 2015