Expert Panel on Forests and Water 2018
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, the world is facing increasing 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 linkage, 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.
Editors: Irena F. Creed and Meine van Noordwijk
Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Scientific Insights for Achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
This policy brief summarizes the key messages of the GFEP report “Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities. A Global Assessment Report” and reaches out to international as well as national policymakers and other stakeholders.
Following key messages are highlighted:
- The link between water and forests exists within a broader climate-forest-water-people system
- Water is central to all 17 SDGs
- Forests, especially natural forests, contribute to the resilience of water supply for humans
- Forests can be managed for resilience of water supplies to enable adaptation to global change
- International and regional institutional and governance frameworks can play a key role in optimising climate-forest-water management
- A clear policy gap in climate-forest-water relations exists, waiting to be filled
- Outstanding knowledge gaps on the forest-water nexus must urgently be tackled
Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Scientific Insights for Achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development GoalsFor download: