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Water 2017, 9(9), 677; doi:10.3390/w9090677

Managing Multiple Catchment Demands for Sustainable Water Use and Ecosystem Service Provision

Biological & Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK
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Received: 27 June 2017 / Revised: 4 August 2017 / Accepted: 23 August 2017 / Published: 7 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Advances in Integrated River Basin Management)
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Ensuring water, food and energy security for a growing world population represents a 21st century catchment management challenge. Failure to recognise the complexity of interactions across ecosystem service provision can risk the loss of other key environmental and socioeconomic benefits from the natural capital of catchment systems. In particular, the ability of soil and water to meet human needs is undermined by uncertainties around climate change effects, ecosystem service interactions and conflicting stakeholder interests across catchments. This critical review draws from an extensive literature to discuss the benefits and challenges of utilising an ecosystem service approach for integrated catchment management (ICM). State-of-the-art research on ecosystem service assessment, mapping and participatory approaches is evaluated and a roadmap of the key short- and longer-term research needs for maximising landscape-scale ecosystem service provision from catchments is proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: integrated catchment management; ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies; water-energy-food nexus; ecosystem service assessment; participatory research integrated catchment management; ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies; water-energy-food nexus; ecosystem service assessment; participatory research
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Stosch, K.C.; Quilliam, R.S.; Bunnefeld, N.; Oliver, D.M. Managing Multiple Catchment Demands for Sustainable Water Use and Ecosystem Service Provision. Water 2017, 9, 677.

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