Gestion Durable des Forêts (GDF) Boîte à outils

Forest and Water

The Forest and Water Module underlines the importance of the relationship between forests and water and the role of water in various forest functions. The module presents general guidance on water management priorities in forests, as well as more detailed guidance on specific water-management issues, such as those relating to swamp forests, forests on saline-susceptible soils, riparian buffer zones and vernal pools.

The module also provides links to key tools and case studies of effective water management in forests.

This course presents the basic principles and concepts related to resilient watershed management, and, through the description of a case study, practically illustrates the process for formulating a resilient watershed management plan, from the analysis of the enabling environment to the definition of the risk management measures to implement.

This course is intended to provide on overview of forest and water relationships, and an understanding of the impacts of changing landscapes on water resources. It can be used as a stand-alone course for those interested in learning about the forest-water nexus, or as an introduction for those who will engage in workshops using the FAO capacity development facilitation guide on Advancing the Forest and Water Nexus.