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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Event // Understanding the Forest-Water Nexus: Redefining the Narrative?

This event will discuss the prevailing narratives surrounding forests and water: the myths, the complex truths and the implications our understanding has on practice and policy, and vice versa. It aims to bridge the divide between the water and forest sectors and suggest next steps to better integrate forests in water management and water in forest management.

This event is part of the Stockholm World Water Week 2018.

Water security is one our greatest challenges. Trees and forests are imperative for water flows. Integrated land-water management, including the strategic management of forests and landscapes with water considerations, will be crucial for resilient water supply. Approximately 75% of available freshwater sources come from forested watersheds (MEA, 2005). Despite the importance of forests as natural infrastructure, water is not a management consideration for 75% of forests worldwide.

Forests and their water-related ecosystem services can provide cost-effective, natural solutions to address growing water scarcity. It is estimated that forests as green infrastructure for water can cost less than USD 2 per person per year, which is offset by savings from reduced water treatment.

Where and when

29 Aug 2018
11am-12.30pm

Programme

Welcome

  • Torgny Holmgren, SIWI
  • Eduardo Mansur, FAO
  • James Dalton, IUCN

Keynote

  • Irena Creed, IUFRO

Amazonia's Flying Rivers
Video
GIZ/BMUZ

Panel Discussion

  • Lotta Samuelson, SIWI (moderator)
  • Elisabeth Bernhardt, UNEP
  • Todd Gartner, WRI, GEF
  • James Reed, CIFOR
  • Elaine Springgay, FAO

Conclusion/Wrap up

  • James Dalton, IUCN

Organisers

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • SIWI Swedish Water House
  • International Union for Forest Research Organization

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