The Report

Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities.
A Global Assessment Report.


Water security is key to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, increasingly the world is facing water shortages, and an estimated four billion people do not have sufficient access to safe and reliable water. The link between forests and climate is regularly considered in decision-making, whereas that between forests and water remains under-represented.

This report entitled "Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities" constitutes the most comprehensive systematic scientific syntheses on the interactions between forests and water on the global level to date. Presenting the results of the sixth global scientific assessment undertaken in the framework of GFEP, the report provides a structured synthesis on the state of the knowledge on the forest-water relationship.

More than 50 scientists from 20 countries contributed to this major assessment of the climate-forests-water-people link, contextually shaped by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This assessment report and the accompanying policy brief, launched at the 2018 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), provide an authoritative source of information for policymakers and stakeholders, to support effective implementation of the forest-water policies.


Full Report

Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities. A Global Assessment Report.

Editors: Irena F. Creed and Meine van Noordwijk


For hard copies of the global assessment report, please write to office(at)iufro.org.

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Policy Brief

Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Scientific Insights for Achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

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MEDIA COVERAGE
The report  "Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities. A Global Assessment Report" received significant media coverage around the world.


Interview of CGTN Africa with Meine van Noordwijk: https://youtu.be/xI2wNfHKzIg

Canada's National Observer: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/07/12/news/dozens-scientists-over-20-countries-explain-how-mining-logging-and-fossil-fuels

Global Landscapes Forum: https://news.globallandscapesforum.org/viewpoint/cooling-forest-rainbow-water-vital-contributor-to-farmer-livelihoods/


OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

2018 HLPF Side Event: International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) on "Forests and Water on a Changing Planet: Scientific Insights for Building Sustainable and Resilient Societies" - Press Conference (11 July 2018): https://youtu.be/xI2wNfHKzIg 

Press release: "Report: Forests form buffer against water crisis":
English - Spanish - German - Chinese - Portuguese - French     

Side event at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018)
"Forests and Water on a Changing Planet: Scientific Insights for Building Sustainable and Resilient Societies"
10 July 2018, UN Headquarters, New York:
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PHOTOS


Photo showing Cloud forests in Rincón de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica. Photo © iStock: PobladuraFCG

 

Cloud forests in Rincón de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica.
© iStock: PobladuraFCG


Photo showing Riparian vegetation and landscape in Mongolia, a country where freshwater resources are scarce - © Alexander Buck




Riparian vegetation and landscape in Mongolia, a country where freshwater resources are scarce
© Alexander Buck


Photo showing Leaf area, an important measure for the water use of trees - © iStock: Keikona




Leaf area is an important measure for the water use of trees
© iStock: Keikona


Photo showing Spring in the temple forest of Dakshinkali, Nepal – © Dipak Gyawali




Spring in the temple forest of Dakshinkali, Nepal
© Dipak Gyawali





Blue Nile falls in the Tis Abay, Ethiopia
iStock: Joel Carillet


The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is the only world-wide organization devoted to forest research and related sciences. Its members are research institutions, universities, and individual scientists as well as decision-making authorities and other stakeholders with a focus on forests and trees.

The IUFRO-led Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) established the Expert Panel on “Forests and Food Security” with the aim to provide a comprehensive global assessment of scientific information on the relationship of forests and trees on the one hand, and food security and nutrition on the other, and to prepare a report to inform relevant policy decision-makers.

For more information, please contact:
Gerda Wolfrum at +43 1 877015117 or wolfrum(at)iufro.org