Ecology and Poverty in Watershed Management

  • Timothy O. Randhir
  • Ashley G. Hawes


As population growth expands throughout the globe, there is an increasing demand on watershed systems for goods and services that are vital to the survival of human population and ecosystems. These goods and services are innumerable and include food, timber, genetic resources, medicines, water purification, flood control, coastline stabilization, carbon sequestration, waste treatment, biodiversity conservation, soil generation, disease regulation, maintenance of air quality, and esthetic and cultural benefits (Ayensu et al. 1999). Due to impacts to watershed systems, many parts of the world are facing increasing economic and environmental problems. Poverty, unemployment, access to fresh water, poor sanitation, loss of biodiversity, and depletion of habitat are some of the difficulties societies are facing today.


Ecosystem Service Soil Loss Coarse Woody Debris Impervious Surface Poverty Alleviation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Natural Resources ConservationUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA

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