Forest and Water Programme

The Forest and Water Champions (FWC) is an initiative of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Stockholm International Water Institute and the SIWI Swedish Water House. The expert group was created in August 2017 aiming to identify common messages and understanding between the forestry and water sectors, and to enhance the attention to the important role played by the forest-water nexus in securing resilient landscapes.

Discussions during the first network meeting resulted in the formulation of a common statement: "Forests and water; managing our connected natural capital", which provides a common ground for the network to engage in international processes, highlighting the importance of the forest-water nexus for sustainable development, landscape restoration and climate change mitigation/adaptation. The FWC meets annually to identify opportunities for action and enhance the attention to securing resilient landscapes through the forest-water nexus by engaging in international processes. The contributions made by the expert group includes contributions to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 and the Talanoa Dialogue.

Webinar Series

By investing in forest-water we could reach the targets of the Paris Agreement faster- so what is stopping us? This was discussed on 19 April 2021 during the FWC webinar focused on the role of nature-based solutions.

During the first webinar of this series, on 15 October, it was examined and highlighted the linkages between forest and water and their importance to biodiversity and climate change mitigation.