Water in the Landscape cluster group: Meeting summary, 8 February 2018

Kristina Johansson
SIWI Swedish Water House

The meeting addressed questions like: What do we want from ecosystems? Can we blend ecological and engineering definitions of resilience?

Meeting conclusions

  • We have to address the conflict of how we value different ecosystem services or measures.
  • There is also a conflict between food security and the need to hold water using water
    retention measures to reduce floods.
  • We need to change our way of thinking to minimise damages and move towards solutions that are not only based on infrastructure.
  • There is a need to create livelihoods and incomes in rural areas as well, not only to create conservation areas.
  • It can be difficult to find solutions to different interests upstream and downstream.
  • We need to find ways of linking the different methodologies available
  • There is a need to work with governance and transboundary issues not only for actual watersheds or rivers on the ground, but also for so called ‘aerial rivers’