Forests and trees are an integral component of the water cycle regulating water quantity, quality and timing, as well as providing protective functions, such as soil and coastal erosion, flood and avalanche control. Forested watersheds provide 75% of our accessible freshwater, with these watersheds providing water to 90% of urban centres globally. Therefore, forests are vital for water security.
However, as tree cover on landscapes change, so does the hydrology of the landscape. Understanding this close relationship between forests and water is fundamental for forest and natural resource managers and policy makers to have a holistic view of the consequences of their management practices and policies. Science should inform management strategies for the world’s forests, especially in light of the ongoing climatic crisis and its impact on forest resources and people.
Under the umbrella of the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2020 a thematic study on managing forests for water has been conducted through a joint collaboration among different international organizations, research centres and universities.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), US Forest Service (USFS)
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ST 5: Managing and communicating forest information and knowledge