CRP evaluation of Water, Land, and Ecosystems (WLE)

The CRP on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) aims to “learn how to intensify farming activities, expand agricultural areas and restore degraded lands, while using natural resources wisely and minimizing harmful impacts on supporting ecosystems.”

WLE is led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). It encompasses nearly all research at IWMI, but it is a partnership of 11 participating CGIAR Centers, with CIAT, Bioversity, ICRAF, and IITA as the most significant partners.
WLE comprises five Strategic Research Portfolios (SRPs): (1) irrigated agriculture; (2) rainfed agriculture; (3) resource recovery and reuse; (4) river basins [into which CPWF merged]; and (5) information systems technology. Two additional themes are “Gender, Poverty, and Institutions” and “Ecosystem Services and Resilience,” themes which cut across the five SRPs.  Focusing on Africa and Asia, WLE has selected the Volta, Nile, Ganges, and Mekong river basins for particular emphasis in its research, policy influence, and partnership outreach activities.

The primary purpose of this evaluation is to enhance the contribution that the CRP on Water, Land and Ecosystems is likely to make towards reaching the CGIAR goals on reducing poverty, improving food security, and managing natural resources sustainably.

As for all CRP evaluations, the purpose is to provide essential evaluative information for decision-making by Program management and its funders on issues such as extension, expansion and structuring of the program and adjustments in some aspects of the program.

The Team

John Soussan

Evaluation Contributer

John Soussan is an independent consultant based in Bangkok, Thailand after 30 years teaching and leading research teams in UK universities. His work focuses on the people-resource-policy relationships in developing countries, with in particular a focus on Asia, though he has worked in over 40 countries. A geographer by training, Dr. Soussan has extensive experience in the management of inter-disciplinary approaches in different aspects of sustainable development and has a track record of major projects funded by a range of organisations, including bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, UN agencies and environmental NGOs. He has also been involved with numerous evaluations over recent decades. He has made a significant contribution to sustainable development policy formulation at both national level and for international agencies in fields such as ecosystems services assessment, sustainable livelihoods development, water management and the mainstreaming of environmental issues into national development policies.

Elias Fereres

Evaluation Team Member

Elias Fereres is Professor of Agronomy in the School of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, University of Córdoba, Spain. In 1998, he was appointed member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC-Science Council) of the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, Washington, DC), until 2003. Starting in 1998, he has participated in numerous evaluations for the CGIAR, including being chair of the EPMR of ICARDA in 2006/7. In 2007 he was named to serve in the TAC of the UNESCO team in charge of the World Water Assessment Reports. He was trained as an agricultural engineer (University of Madrid, 1969; doctoral degree, 1977) and has an MSc degree (Irrigation, 1974) and a Ph. D. (Ecology, 1976) from the University of California, Davis. His professional area of expertise relates to water sciences and engineering applied to agriculture and the environment. He has been President of the European Society of Agronomy and is now President of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain, of which he is a founding member. He is presently Chief Editor of the international journal Irrigation Science

Charles Batchelor

Evaluation Team Member

Charles Batchelor directs a small consultancy based in the UK. He has extensive experience as a hydrologist in integrated approaches to water resources management; crop production; soil and water conservation; water policy, accounting and service delivery; and impact assessment. Dr. Batchelor has been published extensively. Recent and ongoing work includes piloting innovative approaches to improving India’s Integrated Watershed Management Programme (for the World Bank); drafting guidelines for water accounting and auditing as part of an initiative on “Coping with water scarcity – the role of agriculture,” (FAO); technical assistance to identify climate-smart watershed management practices in western Nepal (ADB); and a detailed study of the disaggregated unit costs of improving water governance and service delivery (IRC, The Hague). With his Ph.D. from the University of Reading, Dr. Batchelor worked for 20 years at the British Institute of Hydrology, 10 years as head of IH’s Agro-hydrology research group

Sylvie Brouder

Evaluation Team Member

Since 2005 Sylvie has served as Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University where she has been working for nearly 20 years. She is also Director of the Purdue University Water Quality Field Station. Her research interests include crop nutrient use efficiency, agroecosystem viability and sustainability and ecophysiology linked to abiotic stress tolerance. Through her teaching, outreach and consultancy activities she has been involved in international agricultural research and science agenda development. She has PhD in ecology.

Eva Rathgeber

Evaluation Team Member

Eva is a consultant in international development. From 2002-2006 she held the Joint Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa/ Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and she continues to serve as an adjunct professor at both universities. She spent many years with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), starting as a program officer in science and technology, and later became founder and director of IDRC’s Gender and Development Program. From 1992-2001, she was IDRC Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She continues to work closely with many international organizations, including FAO, IAEA, UNESCO, the African Virtual University, and the CGIAR system. She has published widely on science and technology policy, knowledge production, gender and development, and gender and natural resource management. She currently serves on the Gender Institutions and Participation panel of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, and on the Steering Committee of the Gender and Water Alliance.