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Program consists of 5 themes and at 12 benchmark sites. CIAT
has been nominated to lead Theme 2: Multiple Use of Upper
Catchments. The objective is to improve sustainable livelihoods
for people who live in, and downstream of, upper catchments
through significant, unambiguous improvements of water productivity.
CPWF interlocking goals are to allow more food to be produced
with the same amount of water that is used in agriculture
today, as populations expand over the coming 20 years and,
do this in a way that decreases malnourishment and rural poverty,
improves people's health and maintains environmental sustainability
from a research perspective. CIAT leads one of the five thematic
groups of the CPWF:
Theme 2: Water and People in catchments
Enabling efficient and equitable water use
improvements in water management can be limited by the complexity
and diversity of water uses and water users within upper catchments.
Substantial modification in water use at one location influences
the resource at another, so a systemic approach is required
which links changes in catchment and basin-hydrology with
the people who create it, and anticipates the impacts of complex
interactions which occur between socially, economically or
politically diverse groups. Resolution of the 'hydrologic
dyslexia', that is, the institutional disconnectivity that
occurs between hydrologically-connected people, will increase
the potential gains offered by advances in biophysical performance.
dyslexia' may occur at community, catchment and basin scale.
It results from a deficiency of institutions that could enable
more effective use of shared resources. It reflects the barriers
that prevent 'collective' or 'coordinated' management.
complex challenge can be divided into three facets, each of
which will need to be generalized: water and livelihoods;
catchment hydrology; and social organization. These facets
overlap within catchments, but the knowledge of processes
they represent is not congruent. This lack of congruence presents
a major challenge for researchers, but also an opportunity
for new, integrating activities that can underpin significant.