Sustainable solutions at the interface between land, water and ecosystem biodiversity can be achieved through practical application of hydrogeology. The worlds terrestrial resources are being stressed – in some regions productive land is being degraded into non productive decertified waste, in others the biodiversity has been reduced to such an extent that ecosystems are on the verge of collapse. Surface and groundwater, which acts as a blood stream for land and the organisms, is poorly governed. So water is failing to provide the critical nourishment and the natural cleansing of so many of our ecosystems. Much of this is now being better understood through the unpacking the economics of biodiversity through the practical application of hydrogeology.
Urgent action is needed locally and globally. Why? Because successive studies show that the high rates of biodiversity destruction can pose risks to local economies, ways of life, and wellbeing. The recent Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risks Report have ranked biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse in the top five risks. In terms of likelihood and severity of impact, primary risks are environmental.
Solutions formulated through the practical application of hydrogeology and her sister, ecohydrogeology can help. The practitioners associated with this Centre devise, develop and apply these solutions.