provide goods and services
The goods and services (functions) (see Overview)
that are provided by the ecosystems benefit people and their livelihoods.
These benefits are often not fully recognised in planning and managing
water resources. The total benefits are estimated to be USD 8.8
billion per year (IUCN).
of ecosystems penalises the poor most
They are the ones who benefit from the “free” common
resources (fuel wood, water, fisheries, fruits). They can also contribute
to ecosystem degradation through over-exploitation. That is why
it is important that user communities are involved in water management