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Managing Forests for Water and Climate Cooling

As shared by WeForest at COP21, new research reveals that forest processes are more important than previously thought, and can result in 5 short and long-term benefits for water availability and climate.

WeForest organised a three-and-a-half-day scientific meeting hosted by KU Leuven (Belgium) on ‘Why Forests Matter for Water and Climate’. WeForest invited a group of 35 international experts in the fields of Earth and plant sciences.

The objectives of the meetings were:

1. To elucidate the current state of knowledge on the importance of forests for water and other Earth system processes.

2. To prepare a policy brief to raise awareness of new findings on the importance of forests in strategies addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, water management and land-use planning, providing policy makers with concise and clear information and encouraging multiple sectors to engage in sustainable forest management as part of broader landscape management.

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Our favourite trees: Araucaria species

It’s summer in the Atlantic Forest. As thousands of birds, animals and insects begin their nightshift, an ancient Araucaria angustifolia pierces the skies above. Its evergreen limbs offer year-round shelter to wildlife below, stretching as high as 40 metres in a perfect star-shaped symmetry that remains unchanged for over 250 million years.

You don’t need a big budget to make a big impact

If your customers pay a subscription for your goods or services, a partnership with WeForest can offer a chance for both of you to make valuable contributions to forest restoration projects.