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    It is estimated that in the last 30 years, 420 million hectares of forest have been lost through conversion to other land uses. Deforestation and forest degradation continue to take place at alarming rates. This, in turn, has a significant impact on the ecosystem services that forests provide....
FAO has launched a new online tool that will help people better monitor, measure, and manage the relationship between forests and water.The Forest and Landscape Water Ecosystem Services (FL-WES) Tool is available to everyone, from local governments implementing regional projects to individuals interested in improving their management practices.
The International Mountain Day (IMD) was designated by The United Nations General to raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life and it is celebrated on 11 December, since 2003. Mountains are extremely important to life maintenance, as they supply half of the world’s population with freshwater and support...
Water-related disasters accounted for 74 percent of all-natural disasters between 2001 and 2018, and their frequency and intensity are generally rising. Changes in land cover/use, population growth, and climate change have resulted in an increase of floods frequency from an average of 127 events per year in 1995–2004 to 171...
The blog post focuses on the importance of the engagement of the forest and water sectors in policy processes, as well as the contributions of the Forest and Water Champions, which is an expert network that advocates better understanding the interactions and consequences of forest-water interlinkages.