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Agriculture, Water, and Ecosystems

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Falkenmark, Malin; Galaz, Victor
Date: 2007
Agency: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Sweden
Series: Swedish Water House Policy Brief, no. 6
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/5134
Sector: Agriculture
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region:
Subject(s): agricultural development
food supply
ecosystems
water resources
climate change
state and local governance
Abstract: "Agriculture depends on ecosystem functions such as pollination. This means it is closely linked with the health of surrounding ecosystems and should be considered an agro-ecosystem. Crop production systems have been managed as though they were disconnected from the landscape in general. Since the complex systems that make up the landscape are interconnected, this approach threatens the processes that make agriculture sustainable. Past agricultural management has caused wide scale changes in land cover, stream-flow, and groundwater systems. This has undermined the processes that support ecosystems and the services that they provide. Agriculture will continue to be a key driver of ecosystem change in the future."

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