This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R7991: Hydrological impacts of converting
tropical montane cloud forest to pasture, with initial reference to
northern Costa Rica.
A new highly detailed computer model of climate, land and water
interactions is now available that covers the whole of the tropics. The
model, known as FIESTA, can help us to better understand the effects of
land use changes and climate change on hydrological systems and poor
users downstream. FIESTA can be used to help decision makers apply
watershed protection in appropriate areas, build water-related
infrastructure and target efforts to get water to people who need it.
The model is unique because it looks at areas as small as one square
kilometre. This helps planners account for the very different
hydrological effects that land use or climate change can have from area
to area at a very local level—boosting our ability to develop
sustainable land and water strategies.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13 pp.) taken from the CD.
FRP30, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 80.