Case Studies

Forests, water and human processes, such as collaborative watershed management, upstream/downstream linkages and sustainable mountain development, are embedded in specific ecological and economic-political conditions, historical legacies and cultural preferences. The role of these factors can best be captured by considering the interactions between them and their local, national and regional settings.

In this section, short case studies of 500 to 1 000 words each present examples of the wide variety of situations in which forests, water and human processes interact throughout the world. Although the case studies are included primarily to illustrate the general statements presented in our briefings (to which most of them are linked), they also serve as stand-alone examples of the complexity of these processes, reminding us that any generalization should be examined carefully.

last updated:  Friday, January 29, 2010