Managing Forests for Water and for Climate Cooling
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.
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.