The provision of water security for humans generally requires a stable supply of high quality water, which is in contrast to the importance of variability in water quality and quantity for ecosystems. In this chapter we address this apparent conflict and seek congruence between humans and the environment. We discuss the concept of ecosystem health, its use for monitoring, reporting and evaluating of the aquatic ecosystem condition and how this can be used to guide the environmental component of water security. We then discuss the apparent conflict and congruence between humans and the environment in the quest for water security and seek opportunities where water security can be provided to humans with minimal reductions of ecosystem health. We argue that knowledge from ecological science can provide guidance toward this goal.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.