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World Water Day 2021

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Today we celebrate World Water Day!

Did you know that trees and forests play a fundamental role in the global water cycle? You could test your knowledge by taking CIFOR’s quiz about forests and water here!

While this first statement might be relatively clear in terms of evotranspiration (up to 70% of the atmospheric moisture over land areas comes from plants), the fact that trees are also fundamental for the supply of clean water reminds us that forests have a very strong indirect link to both sustainable water and food security. This is one of the many reasons to celebrate World Water Day and the 2021 theme, ‘valuing water’. A theme that could very well be rephrased into: valuing trees is valuing water.

So today we celebrate by bringing you 10 of the latest FTA research articles and reports on trees and water!

  1. Trees as part of nature-based water management
  2. SDG 14: Life below Water – Impacts on Mangroves
  3. Fostering joint forest and water conservation at the local level: A ‘how to’ note
  4. Managing Forests for Both Downstream and Downwind Water
  5. Water acquisition, sharing and redistribution by roots: applications to agroforestry systems
  6. Crowdsourced Water Level Monitoring in Kenya’s Sondu-Miriu Basin—Who Is “The Crowd”?
  7. Why do payments for watershed services emerge? A cross-country analysis of adoption contexts
  8. Citizen science in hydrological monitoring and ecosystem services management: State of the art and future prospects
  9. How climate change and land use/land cover change affect domestic water vulnerability in Yangambi Watersheds (D. R. Congo)
  10. Impactos de las zanjas de infiltración en el agua y los suelos: ¿Qué sabemos?

Today is also a perfect occasion to replay one of the most incredible ecosystems in the world, an underground water world: Indonesia’s secret forest!


This article was produced by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). FTA is the world’s largest research for development program to enhance the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in sustainable development and food security and to address climate change. CIFOR leads FTA in partnership with ICRAF, the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, CATIE, CIRAD, INBAR and TBI. FTA’s work is supported by the CGIAR Trust Fund.

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