Assessing material flow with an ecosystem services approach: The case of Mezquital Valley, Mexico

Outline
Team
  • Expected start date:
    2018•03•01
    Expected end date:
    2019•08•31
    Institute:
    UNU-FLORES
    Project Status:
    Ongoing
    Project Type:
    Research
    Project Manager :
    Hiroshan Hettiarachchi

    Quantifying the magnitude of human impacts on ecosystem services/functions is crucial to maintain socioecological systems´ resilience and improve their ability to provide benefits and services to communities. Integrative management approaches – that include socioecological as well as biophysical data using spatially explicit models – are required to understand such complex agricultural land-use systems. With this approach, the project aims to address the nexus between water, soil and ecosystems services management towards a sustainable development.

    This study aims to determine the impacts of wastewater irrigation on the socioecological systems and develop scenarios to better equip the decision-making process. The research explores the implications of management options for the sustainable development of irrigated agricultural systems fostering the safe use of wastewater in agriculture.