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“Forests are vital to the global water cycle and for water security.”
Another great way to explore this important topic is through the new Guide to Forest-Water Management, a first-of-its kind, that was launched by FAO at World Water Week 2021. How forests are managed is a crucial question for water security since 75 per cent of the world’s freshwater comes from forested watersheds. The guide argues that forests can strengthen global water resilience, while also providing other benefits.
“It is very encouraging to see the rapidly growing interest in the relationship between trees, forests and water. Forests are vital to the global water cycle and for water security. When the water cycle is disrupted, it harms all ecosystems and results for example in an increase in forest fires. Decision-makers, forest managers and the general public all need to understand these important links,” says Lotta Samuelson who leads SIWI’s Landscapes programme.