The importance of forests for managing global water resources
Trees and forests are central to managing water resources effectively, not least for countries in seasonally dry regions. Trees moderate water budgets, reduce erosion and run off, cleans water and also play a central role in addressing global food security, protection of biodiversity and economic development. Trees both help to mitigate climate change and adapt to climate change. The nutrients they provide also has the potential to build resilience through diversification of farmers’ incomes, thereby supporting economic growth in rural areas.
The Swedish Water House (SWH) Cluster Group for Forests and Water bring together Swedish expertise in forest-related water management. The core group has organized seminars and workshops where more than 100 Swedish and International water and forest professionals, from more than 40 organizations; ministries, government agencies, academia and civil society, have participated. The participants have identified key factors which enabled the progress of landscape restoration and water and forest management in Sweden. These findings have been documented in the report and policy brief below, and are now being disseminated at national and international forums.
Reports and conclusions
In these publications, we conclude that building resilient landscapes is key to secure water resources and sustainable development and Swedish expertise and experience could catalyse positive change in the management of forest landscapes at the global level. We believe that Sweden and Swedish water and forestry resource base can make a considerable contribution towards fulfilling the UN Agenda 2030 and the implementation of the 2015 climate agreement.
(External Link) International Day of Forests 2016: What’s the state of the world’s forest? A conversation series with the Directos General of CIFOR and ICRAF
(External Link) Finding Water Amid the Trees
(External Link) FAO – Forest and Water Programme
(External Link) Intermediate tree cover can maximize groundwater recharge in the seasonally dry topics
One year after the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement was adopted, actors in different sectors are processing how these new agendas affect their operations and how they best can contribute to their fulfilment. This workshop will facilitate an […]
Recent years have seen burgeoning support for integrated landscape approaches as a conceptual framework to reconcile the competing land-use objectives of multiple actors. Rural and peri-urban landscapes are increasingly required to be ‘multi-functional’ – this might typically be expressed as […]
A main driver of rural landscape change is the rapid agricultural expansion and intensification required to satisfy increased food and other demands. In the quest to reach effective land management for the optimised use of natural resources, landscape approaches are […]
Swedish Water House took an active role in the International Forest and Water Dialogue at the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban. The event, which took place on September 8-9, 2015, gathered thousands of participants representing international organizations, countries, academia, […]
Forests cover more than 50% of Sweden and the successful development of the forest sector is a cornerstone in the development of the Swedish society. Today, even though Sweden has only about 1% of the world’s forest area and a […]
This was the second seminar arranged by the Swedish Water House cluster group on Water and Forests. Keynote speakers illustrated the importance of intact and restored landscapes to water resources, livelihoods, biodiversity and sustainable development potential. Case studies exemplified how […]
The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Swedish Water House (SWH) Cluster Group for Water and Forests started with a mission to highlight the importance of forests and sustainable forest management to securing water resources globally. We have concluded that establishing […]
Blog-report from FAO/SIWI workshop “Understanding the Forest and Water Monitoring Framework” During three highly interactive days, approximately 20 forest and water international experts convened at the SIWI office in Stockholm to discuss how to monitor interactions between forests and water, […]
(Blog by Maria Ölund and Eskil Mattson at Focali) Restoring and protecting forests in watersheds close to cities can help to balance water flows, contributing to flood control and securing supply of cleaner water. The seminar “Forests, water and sustainable growth […]