Water for productive and multifunctional landscapes

Report Published: August 2018

The SIWI/SWH Cluster Group on Water in the Landscape has examined how hydrology affects the productivity of landscapes, and what hydrological aspects need to be considered when restoring landscapes for sustainable production.

Key outcomes

In this report the cluster group identifies key aspects of successful landscape management that can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals:

 

  • Improved integration of water considerations and understanding of hydrological processes in landscapes, as addressing water management is often a key entry point to restore degraded lands and to enhance landscape resilience for the benefit of local people
  • Continuously support the development of new integrated knowledge of evidence-based management and strengthening of capacity
  • Strengthened multi-level governance arrangements that allow for genuine stakeholder participation in landscape management and decision making
  • Identification and use of best management practices and innovative tools that provide practical on-the-ground solutions for sustainable management and monitoring of water in the landscape
  • Adequate and long-term financing from both the public and private sectors to sustain ecosystem services important for the long-term productivity and sustainability of landscapes.