How Science Informs Policy: Soil-Water-Climate Nexus

This Nexus Seminar Series event will discuss multifunctional land use as an integrated approach to watershed management.

- Europe/Berlin

On 19 July, the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) will host the online Nexus Seminar How Science Informs Policy: Soil-Water-Climate Nexus. This event will begin at 14:50 (GMT+2).

Managed watersheds provide many ecosystem services to meet human needs for water, food, timber, and energy while supporting critical ecological functions that benefit humanity. These benefits, for example, include nutrient cycling, water filtering and purifying, carbon storage, flood and erosion/sedimentation control, and biodiversity preservation.

The quality and quantity of ecosystem services provided by a watershed significantly depend on land use decisions involving soil, vegetation, and water conservation at a landscape scale. Due to environmental, social, and economic concerns, watershed management strategies have to consider complex scientific and public policy issues.

This seminar will look at the specific case of integrated watershed management in China and explore monitoring data, consolidating process-based knowledge, and translating evidence into policy-relevant recommendations to policymakers, which showcase a successful example of how science informs policy.

The session will look at how multifunctional land use can be a holistic watershed management approach to balance and manage competition of ecosystem services and minimise dysfunctions with minimum trade-offs through working on the nexus of environmental resources.

For more information visit the UNU-FLORES website.

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