Making Ecosystem Services Count

Photo Credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT on Flickr
Photo Credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT on Flickr

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) and partners will be attending the 6th Annual ESP Conference: Making Ecosystem Services Count in Bali, Indonesia 26-30 August 2013.

The conference is organized by the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) and convened by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and CGIAR Research Program: Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. 

While agricultural development has progressed in leaps and bounds to feed the global population, it has not come without environmental and production costs. These environmental costs have limited the ecosystem services on which we depend, including agricultural production as well as access to clean water, protection from natural disasters and fertile soils.

Ecosystem services and resilience is a cross-cutting theme of WLE.  The theme focuses on ecosystem service-based approaches which aim to move beyond agriculture that ‘does no harm’, to an integrated approach that boosts agricultural production concurrently with other benefits such as soil and water quality, biological conservation, and increased resilience of rural communities.

Read more about WLE’s Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework:

Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework Flyer









On the blog:

During the month surrounding the ESP conference, the Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog will be highlighting ecosystem services blog posts.  Start off by reading the introductory blog on the Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework.  We want to hear from you.  Comment on the blog and let us know what you think of the ESS+R Framework. Share your experiences.

Week 1 

A Month of Ecosystems  by Fabrice DeClerck, Alexander Fremier and Louise Willemen
WLE is celebrating the launch of its Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESSR) Framework with a month-long focus on WLE’s AgEco blog.  Read more about the ESSR Framework here.

Ladybeetles: Cotton’s secret ingredient  by Wei Zhang and Mark Rosegrant
A recent study by IFPRI finds certain crop land use has the potential to control cotton pests by fostering habitats for natural pest enemies such as the ladybeetle.

Can Africa overcome the perfect storm?  by Carlo Fadda
Africa faces two major challenges in the coming 50 years: the conservation of landscapes along with the biodiversity in them and securing enough food for an ever-increasing population – all under a changing climate that is negatively affecting Africa’s agricultural productivity.

Give bees a chance  by Barbara Gemmil-Herren and Hien Ngo
Pollination is one of 17 recognized ecosystem services. Over 35% of food produced is dependent on animal pollination. Yet there have been mounting questions about how relevant pollination may be to agricultural development and food security.


Case Studies:

Using agricultural biodiversity for  pest and disease management
Measuring resilience  in socio-ecological production  landscapes




Can scientists agree on what constitutes ecosystem services and resilience?


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