Social Innovation Factsheet #2.4 Ecosystem based approaches & Ecosystem services
Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) aims to strike a balance between the use of resources for livelihoods and the conservation of resources to sustain their functions for future generations. Critical to achieving this, particularly in Africa with its projected impacts of climate change, is the adoption of ecosystem based approaches. Practitioners also need to ensure water resource allocation is underpinned by economic efficiency, environmental sustainability and societal equity.
In today’s world, economic challenges cannot be addressed without considering environmental change, drivers and feedbacks. To foster integrated water resource management, we therefore need to increasingly adopt models that can simulate and integrate environmental and socioeconomic systems.