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Scoping a DFID research programme on water ecosystem services and poverty reduction under climate change Report on Initial Findings Discussion Workshop 26th April 2007, British Medical Association, Tavistock Square, London
IIED steered a team to scope a possible DFID research programme on freshwater ecosystem services and poverty reduction in the context of climate change and other drivers of change. The work aimed to identify both key research areas and delivery mechanisms that enable research to be used in the practice of policy.
The objective of this workshop was to share the results of the process so far with key UK-based stakeholders, to interrogate the findings to date and identify issues that need further examination or emphasis. A good range of perspectives was brought together in the workshop. This brief report highlights some of major outputs of the day.
Freshwater ecosystem services – the benefits obtained by people from rivers, swamps, floodplains and groundwater systems – are central to human well-being. But these ecosystems are being degraded, water problems are increasing, and the poor are being hit hardest. Climate change is likely to worsen these problems.
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Water ecosystem services and poverty reduction under climate change