Ecosystem health and the continuous flow of ecosystem services are crucial for the well-being of the present and future generations. Ecosystems support basic biological and socio-economic necessities – clean air and water, the means to produce food, fibre and medicine, fuel for energy and provision of cultural opportunities and contexts. However, current anthropogenic pressures such as reckless natural resource extraction and fossil energy conversion have created imbalances in ecosystems at the global and local levels. Understanding the biophysical basis of ecosystem functioning and the consequences of its degradation on basic human well-being is a crucial task. This programme seeks to explore, understand and communicate the complexity of these services and their relationship to our well-being, their co-production and their implications for environmental justice and sustainable ecosystems. We strive to ensure our work is guided by theoretical rigour and standardised methods and approaches while also ensuring the knowledge generated is applied to address key issues negatively impacting ecosystems and human well-being.
How can human and ecosystem vulnerabilities to climate and non-climate stressors be mitigated by building resilient systems?
Alignment with India’s international commitments
A realisation of the objectives of this programme will contribute to India meeting its commitments to: