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CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems

To feed the world in 2050 and beyond, agricultural
 production needs to be intensified while maintaining vital ecosystem functions.
 Many believe, however, that 
intensification 
will cause 
unacceptable 
harm 
to
 the
 environment, perhaps 
even undercutting 
the vital ecosystem functions 
that support life.

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) challenges 
this
 perspective.

WLE’s vision is of a world in which agriculture thrives alongside vibrant ecosystems, and those engaged in agriculture live in good health, enjoy food and nutritional security, and have access to the inputs and resources they need to continuously improve their livelihoods. We see a future in which the increasing numbers of urban residents, particularly in developing countries, have access to safe and affordable food and water, made possible by gains in agricultural productivity and public investments in food safety and water quality.

To achieve this vision WLE must:

  • redouble our efforts to increase agricultural productivity, while protecting the environment.
  • ensure that advances in agriculture do not degrade the natural resource base on which agriculture depends.
  • build on past successes of the CGIAR in boosting agricultural growth through scientific inquiry and policy analysis
  • conduct new research on agricultural and ecosystem interactions.

Research themes

WLE 
has
 identified 
five 
strategic research 
portfolios:

  • Irrigated farming systems
  • Rainfed
 farming systems
  • Resource 
recovery
 and reuse
  • River
 basins
  • Information
 systems

In
 addition, it 
has established
 two
 cross‐cutting 
themes
 that 
will
 influence and 
enhance 
its
 research:

  • Ecosystem 
Services
  • Institutions
 and
 Governance.

Within
 each 
portfolio 
WLE
 will
 promote 
ecosystem
 resilience
 and
 seek
 to enhance, and increase
 the
 value
 placed 
upon, ecosystem
services.
 In
 doing
 so, it 
will 
work
 to 
provide
 farmers 
and
 pastoralists
 with 
production
 systems
 that 
are 
better
 adapted
 to
 environmental 
change.


River basins where WLE will work

CRP Water, Land and Ecosystems River Basins

Potential impacts

Initial
 estimates 
suggest 
that
 at 
least
 300
 million 
women and men 
can 
benefit
 from 
the WLE outcomes during 
the
 next
 10 to 20 years. Additionally work 
on
 resource 
recovery
 and
 reuse and
 rainfed 
systems
 may 
help 
another
 200 
million 
urban poor
 people.
 To do this, WLE will work at multiple scales and levels to achieve wide-spread impact. It will seek to influence investments in agriculture, national and regional policies as well as the decisions of land and water managers at all levels.

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