Forest-Water capacity building in the Khasi Hills, India
Shillong, Meghalaya, Northeast India – The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation, WeForest, the University of Twente (The Netherlands) and the Ka Synjuk Ki Hima Arliang Wah Umiam Mawphlang Welfare Society in the East Khasi Hills held a Forest-Water Capacity Building Workshop to support the community in their understanding of forest-water relationships in their native East Khasi Hills. Forests are essential to the hydrological cycle:
- A high proportion of the world’s accessible fresh water is supplied by forested watersheds
- Forests help make water available, regulate surface and groundwater flows and maintain high water quality
- Forests and trees reduce water-related risks: flooding, landslides, and droughts
- They help prevent desertification and salinization
Armed with this knowledge, why would a community concerned about water scarcity and spring contamination NOT restore their forests?