Resilience refers to “the power or ability to return to the original form.”
In a changing climate, the ability of an ecosystem to bounce back from disturbances and retain its ecological functions is critical to all of its inhabitants – humans, plants, and animals. Without resilience, all of us will have to adjust to a new ecological reality, if we can.
A healthy watershed is more resilient to the pervasive effects of climate change than a watershed that is stressed by various pressures, such as pollution and habitat fragmentation.
A protected watershed can also increase the resilience of human communities to natural disturbances such as storms and floods.