ecology and ecosystem services

The various benefits provided by ecosystems include food and fuel (provisioning services), but also less visible services such as water purification (regulating), nutrient cycling (supporting) and aesthetic values (cultural ecosystem services).  An ecosystem approach strives for integrated environmental management -at landscape level- of interlinked agroecosystems, forests, wetlands and other natural and human made ecosystems.  This will help to achieve sustainable food security, where healthy agroecosystems provide food now and in the future.


Managing water and agroecosystems for food security - published 4 September 2013by CAB International for CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). read more...


project: mainstreaming biodiversity

In collaboration with Wageningen University and PBL, water health studies options for mainstreaming biodiversity in the multilevel governance context of the Mekong Delta (Jul-Dec 2013).

project: WWDR 2014

In collaboration with UNEP-DEPI, water health contributes text on ecosystem impacts and services to the fifth World Water Development Report: WWDR 2014 on water and energy (Feb-Oct 2013).

other publications

Manual on land and water management in the Tana River Basin, Kenya, by Meta Meta, Oct 2012.  water health contributed text on ecosystem services.

An ecosystem approach to water and food security - by Eline Boelee, Elizabeth Khaka, Gareth J Lloyd, Simon Cook, Sara Scherr, Thomas Chiramba and Nick Chudeau. Poster presented at World Water Week in Stockholm in the workshop on Ecosystems, 29 August 2012.

partner highlight

Devra Jarvis (co-author in Managing water and agroecosystems for food security) explains what crop biodiversity can do for food production. Or check out the cartoon version.