Ground Water Canada

Link between forests and water studied

July 17, 2018  By Ground Water Canada

Vienna, Austria – An international report on forest-water interactions from a group of scientists, including several from Canada, says water security is key to achieving the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations has released a report that looks at the link between forests and water – a link its author say is under-represented compared to the link between forests and climate change.

The report, entitled “Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities,” is a systematic scientific syntheses on the interactions between forests and water on the international level to date, the IUFRO said in a news release. It presents the results of an international scientific assessment undertaken in the framework of Global Forest Expert Panels, and provides a structured synthesis on the state of the knowledge on the forest-water relationship.


More than 50 scientists from 20 countries – including several from Canada – contributed to this major assessment of the climate-forests-water-people link put in the context of the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals.

The assessment report and the accompanying policy brief, launched at the 2018 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, is designed to provide an authoritative source of information for policymakers and stakeholders, to support effective implementation of the forest-water policies.

Read the full report.

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