MINIMUM CRITERIA FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW ECOHYDROLOGY DEMONSTRATION SITES

Demonstration site should aim at enhancement of ecological and sustainability status in the catchment in four dimensions: water quality and/or quantity, biodiversity, ecosystem services and resilience (WBSR). Since the core of Ecohydrology is the analysis (understanding of processes) and regulation ("dual regulation") of water-biota interplay, the proposed demonstration sites should be able to demonstrate to what extent it considers/expands the existing knowledge and understanding of this interplay, and the methods to achieve this goal.

There are three key objectives to establish new ecohydrology demonstration sites:

  • Synthesize knowledge gaps for addressing ecohydrological issues related to critical water ecosystems, including those in arid and semiarid zones, coastal areas and estuaries, and urbanized areas;
  • Showcase how better knowledge of the interrelationships between the hydrological cycle, livelihoods and ecosystems can contribute to more cost-effective and environmental-friendly water management;
  • Demonstrate systems solutions and technology transfer opportunities through North-South and South-South linkages in order to harmonize the ecosystem potential with societal needs.

The Ecohydrology concept should operate in demonstration sites on three levels:

  • INFORMATION (monitoring, collecting of empirical data, defining interactions and hydrology-biota-society feedbacks);
  • KNOWLEDGE (defining patterns and dynamics, describing and explaining processes, understanding water-biota interplay);
  • WISDOM (ability to formulate policy, principles for action, problem solving by system solutions, stakeholders involvement, education, implementation).
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