Forests are key to combating world’s looming water crisis, says new GFEP report

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The world is facing a growing water crisis: already, 40% of the world’s population are affected by water scarcity, and climate change threatens to increase the frequency of both floods and droughts in vulnerable areas around the world.
A new report released at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York suggests that successfully managing the world’s forests will be key to mitigating these risks and ensuring safe and sustainable water supplies for all.
The publication presents a comprehensive global assessment of available scientific information about the interactions between forests and water. Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities is a global assessment report prepared by the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Water, an initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

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