Ecosystem services for local development

Local development in rural and peri-urban settings can be greatly affected by the condition of ecosystems and the services they provide. For example, the degradation of wetlands and floodplains can have significant repercussions for flooding in peri-urban areas. The well-being of societies and households who derive their livelihoods from natural resources often depends directly on ecosystem services. Research and policy-oriented assessments are needed to help maintain and improve ecosystem services throughout the Mekong region, to ensure that as development proceeds, ecosystem services are appropriately valued and protected.