Outreach and media


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

Launch at the 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
Flyer - Presentation by GFEP Co-Chairs Prof. Irena F. Creed and Prof. Meine van Noordwijk  

Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Redefining the Narrative;
Friday, 20 July 2018, 11:30-13:00; FAO Rome, Green Room. WFW Main Event.
Flyer - Webcast - Keynote presentation by GFEP Co-Chair Prof. Meine van Noordwijk   

4th International Conference on Water Resource and Environment (WRE 2018)
17-21 July 2018; Kaohsiung City, China-Taipei
Presentation "Forests, soil, water, and their linkages through the biosphere" by GFEP Panel Member Dr. Juan A. Blanco on 19 July 2018

Side event at the World Water Week 2018: Understanding the Forest-Water Nexus: Redefining the narrative?
Stockholm, Sweden; 29 August 2018
Keynote presentation by GFEP Co-Chair Prof. Irena F. Creed

IBFRA18 conference "Cool forests at risk? The critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy, and climate"
IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria; 17-20 September 2018
GFEP Panel Member Dipak Gyawali gave a science keynote during the Plenary Session: Stakeholder Dialogue on People and Nature on 19 September 2018

Half-day session entitled "Forests for Water: scientific evidence and economic mechanisms for encouraging ecosystem service provision"
San Sebastian, Spain; 16 October 2018
During the ESP Europe 2018 Regional Conference: Ecosystem Services in a changing world: moving from theory to practice
GFEP Coordinating Lead Author Dr. David Ellison and GFEP Panel Member Dr. Paola Ovando Pol introduced the results from the GFEP report on Forests and Water
Session outline

The 2018 International Symposium of Ecohydrology and Water Security (ISEWS): Opportunities and Challenges from Developing Countries
Xi’an, China; 16-18 October 2018
Keynote presentation by GFEP Coordinating Lead Author Prof. Adam (Xiaohua) Wei         

Joint Conference on Forests and Water 2018: II Congreso Latinoamericano Bosques y Agua/V IUFRO Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment
5-9 November 2018; Valdivia, Chile
One of the keynote talks was presented by GFEP Co-Chair Prof. Irena F. Creed. Several GFEP Panel Members presented at various sessions during the conference. A special panel discussion involving the attending GFEP Panel Members was held.   

Media Coverage

The report "Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities. A Global Assessment Report" and its launch received significant media coverage around the world. The coverage included articles by e.g. IISD Reporting Services, Mongabay, Jakarta Post, Himalayan Times, Canada’s National Observer, SciDev.Net, Yale360, Saturday Star, Australian Associated Press, ESI Africa, Europa Press and many others.

A full list of media coverage and outreach activities can be found at https://www.iufro.org/download/file/29848/6443/gfep-fw-media-coverage-compilation_pdf/.


Interview with Prof. Caroline A. Sullivan on ABC radio in Australia (11 July 2018)

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) interviewed one of the Lead Authors of the GFEP assessment on Forests and Water, Prof. Caroline A. Sullivan during a radio show on 11 July 2018. In connection to the recent launch of the newest GFEP scientific assessment report on Forests and Water, ABC radio in Australia approached one of the experts involved in the assessment, Prof. Sullivan, to give a brief overview of the study, as well as its relevance in the Australian context. Prof. Sullivan works in Lismore campus of the Southern Cross University (SCU) in Australia as the Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy and as the Establishment Director of the National Centre for Flood Research.

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Interview with Dr. Emma Archer in the John Maytham Show on radio CapeTalk (South Africa)

The John Maytham Show on radio CapeTalk on 11 July 2018 featured an interview with Dr. Emma Archer (CSIR/WITS), one of the Coordinating Lead Authors of the GFEP assessment on Forests and Water. Dr. Archer is a Chief Researcher in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and a scientist at the Global Change Institute of University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS). She served as one of the Coordinating Lead Authors in the GFEP assessment on Forests and Water. In this radio interview, she explains the issue of "rainbow water shortages" and the interlinkages between forests and water in the context of South Africa.



UN Web TV press conference (United Nations) July 11, 2018 "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"

Interview of CGTN Africa with Meine van Noordwijk

FAO interview with GFEP Co-Chair Prof. Meine van Noordwijk during COFO-24 in Rome, Italy

GFEP Forests and Water: interviews on launch of Global Assessment Report

22 March - World Water Day - Interviews with GFEP Forests and Water Panel members



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

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

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

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

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