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Managing Forests for Both Downstream and Downwind Water

Creed, Irena F. and Jones, Julia A. and Archer, Emma and Claassen, Marius and Ellison, David and McNulty, Steven G. and van Noordwijk, Meine and Vira, Bhaskar and Wei, Xiaohua and Bishop, Kevin and Blanco, Juan A. and Gush, Mark and Gyawali, Dipak and Jobbagy, Esteban and Lara, Antonio and Little, Christian and Martin-Ortega, Julia and Mukherji, Aditi and Murdiyarso, Daniel and Pol, Paola Ovando and Sullivan, Caroline A. and Xu, Jianchu (2019). Managing Forests for Both Downstream and Downwind Water. Frontiers in forests and global change. 2 , 64 , 1-8
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Forests and trees are key to solving water availability problems in the face of climate change and to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. A recent global assessment of forest and water science posed the question: How do forests matter for water? Here we synthesize science from that assessment, which shows that forests and water are an integrated system. We assert that forests, from the tops of their canopies to the base of the soils in which trees are rooted, must be considered a key component in the complex temporal and spatial dimensions of the hydrologic cycle. While it is clear that forests influence both downstream and downwind water availability, their actual impact depends on where they are located and their processes affected by natural and anthropogenic conditions. A holistic approach is needed to manage the connections between forests, water and people in the face of current governance systems that often ignore these connections. We need policy interventions that will lead to forestation strategies that decrease the dangerous rate of loss in forest cover and that-where appropriate-increase the gain in forest cover. We need collective interventions that will integrate transboundary forest and water management to ensure sustainability of water supplies at local, national and continental scales. The United Nations should continue to show leadership by providing forums in which interventions can be discussed, negotiated and monitored, and national governments must collaborate to sustainably manage forests to ensure secure water supplies and equitable and sustainable outcomes.

Authors/Creators:Creed, Irena F. and Jones, Julia A. and Archer, Emma and Claassen, Marius and Ellison, David and McNulty, Steven G. and van Noordwijk, Meine and Vira, Bhaskar and Wei, Xiaohua and Bishop, Kevin and Blanco, Juan A. and Gush, Mark and Gyawali, Dipak and Jobbagy, Esteban and Lara, Antonio and Little, Christian and Martin-Ortega, Julia and Mukherji, Aditi and Murdiyarso, Daniel and Pol, Paola Ovando and Sullivan, Caroline A. and Xu, Jianchu
Title:Managing Forests for Both Downstream and Downwind Water
Year of publishing :2019
Volume:2
Article number:64
Number of Pages:8
Publisher:Frontiers
ISSN:2624-893X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:climate change, hydrologic cycle, forest, water, policy, mitigation, adaptation, sustainability
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105494
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105494
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3389/ffgc.2019.00064
Web of Science (WoS)000516842900001
ID Code:17083
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
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Deposited On:09 Jun 2020 06:23
Metadata Last Modified:09 Jun 2020 06:23

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