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Three quarters of the world’s freshwater comes from forested watersheds and over a third of urban centres rely on forested watersheds for their drinking water. In an increasingly urbanized world, with two-thirds of the global population projected to live in cities by 2050, demands for natural resource and land-use may...
Given the many threats to the Earth’s water supply, the role of forests has never been more important.The role of forest ecosystems in preserving water quality is largely underestimated. To ensure healthy water, strategies for optimizing purification, regulating surface flows and controlling erosion will increasingly need to be a part...
Investing in forestry education can change the world for better. Youth are future owners of soil, land and nature and it is thus never too early to get them started on forestry education. Nurturing a strong connection of children with nature helps strengthen youth’s connection and consciousness on the benefits...
During the next two days, 21 March and 22 March, we will be celebrating the International Day of Forests (IDF) and World Water Day (WWD) respectively. Forests and water are intrinsically linked. At FAO we work on the forest-water-nexus through numerous programmes and projects that bring together science, policy and...
From June 18th-24th, WeForest, FAO’s Forest and Water Programme, and GIZ organized a capacity-building workshop entitled ‘Building forest-water knowledge and capacity for Forest and Landscape Restoration’ in Mekelle, Ethiopia, with the goal of building forest-water monitoring capacity in the Tigray and Afar regions and beyond. Desa’a Forest, a national forest priority...