Ecosystem services and resilience

Rice fields in the Mekong. Credit: IWMI/M.McCartney
Rice fields in the Mekong. Credit: IWMI/M.McCartney

WLE supports an approach to sustainable intensification in which healthy functioning ecosystems are seen as a prerequisite to agricultural development, food security and human well-being. Our priority is to increase food and livelihood security for the world’s poor by enhancing sustainability and equity in the provisioning of ecosystem services – and securing the natural resource base that underpins these services – that flow to and from agriculture and provide monetary, health, and well-being benefits to people.

Ecosystem Services and Resilience (ESR) is a crosscutting core theme within WLE that focuses on the role of ecosystem services and resilience research in helping WLE achieve development outcomes.

The management of ecosystem services necessitates an integrated research focus that transcends scales – from field to landscapes – and disciplines. It also requires a clear understanding of the drivers of ecosystem service provision, including the ecological (which ecosystems provide what services and at what scales) and the socio-economic (which services are people interested in and why) in order to create sustainable incentive mechanisms to ensure the continued provision of these services.

Core Theme Leader: Fabrice DeClerck

Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework (ESR)

ESR Framework The Ecosystem Services and Resilience Framework outlines how WLE, working closely with its partners, intends to shape and drive forward the integration of ESR concepts into development and resource management decisions in agricultural landscapes. The central hypothesis of this ESR Framework is that ecosystem service flows in agricultural landscapes can be managed by people to sustainably improve human health, social and economic well-being, and resilience concepts can help guide this process.

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Ecosystem Services and Resilience Resources

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