Securing Water for Ecosystems and Human Well-being: The Importance of Environmental Flows
Healthy water ecosystems simultaneously serve multiple aspects of human well-being, especially among poor communities living close to the land-water interface. Ecosystem services have real economic value today and special importance in mitigating future problems and economic losses related to climate change. To preserve and benefit from these services, water managers must ensure that an environmental flow regime is maintained in rivers and wetlands. The report highlights the connection between flows, ecosystem services and human well-being and concludes that environmental flows and the ecosystem services they support are critical to achieving all eight of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.