Hydrological Ecosystem Services for Integrated Water Resources Management

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Part of the Ecohydrology book series (ECOH)


This chapter provides valuable information for integrated water resources management through evaluating the research on the interaction mechanism among land use changes, regional hydrological ecosystem services, and human well-being. Firstly, the driving mechanism of land use and land cover changes is introduced in this chapter. Secondly, the overview of the interaction mechanism among land use and land cover changes, regional hydrological ecosystem services, and human well-being is given. Based on the meta-analysis, land use changes have a profound influence on regional hydrological ecosystem services, and the variation of hydrological ecosystems could benefit or impair human well-being. Taking Wuhan City as an example, the ecological and ecological services of the river basin were analyzed synthetically, and the ecological environment sensitivity and ecological service function of Wuhan were measured respectively, in accordance with the requirements of creating national ecological city, on the basis of ecological function zoning at the provincial level, making an ecological function regionalization in Wuhan area according to the Ecological functional partition specification. Finally, two suggestions are emphasized for policy makers for the future integrated water resources management: (1) Proper land use makes for the water resource management; (2) Blindly pursuing the provisioning services weakens other services of hydrological ecosystems.


Land use Regional hydrological ecosystem services Integrated water resources management Ecosystem services Ecological function zoning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Resources and Environmental ScienceHubei UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  5. 5.Department of GeographyTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  6. 6.School of EnvironmentUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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