Large river basins are dynamic and complex systems. Investments and other interventions in the upper reaches of such basins naturally impact livelihoods and ecosystem services downstream.

The CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) has conducted innovative research in the upper watersheds of the Ganges, Mekong, Red and Nile river basins. WLE sought to identify how to improve people’s livelihoods in ways that are equitable, profitable and sustainable, while also improving ecosystem services locally and downstream.

Learn more about the recommendations in ‘Upper river basin watersheds: Sustainable, equitable and profitable interventions‘.

Photo credits: Arica Beth Crootof/University of Arizona PhD student.