With increasing water scarcity, climate change, and growing demands on forest resources, it is vital that we gain greater understanding of fundamental forest-water-climate relationships.
WeForest’s research focuses on advancing current knowledge on the synergistic interactions between forest-water-climate processes and forest restoration.
WeForest engages in applied research in India and Ethiopia and collaborates with agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to help develop and pilot new tools for monitoring these relationships and in-country capacity building.
Forest hydrologists Bob Zwartendijk teaching the Khasi Hills project team to measure soil water infiltration (left) and Chandra Prasad Ghimire preparing a dye tracer experiment to investigate soil water infiltration pathways (right).
Investigating Forest-Water Interactions
How does forest restoration affect water availability? To investigate this, key forest-water indicators such as soil infiltration are being measured at WeForest restoration sites in India and Ethiopia. This ongoing research is being conducted in collaboration with forest hydrologists Dr. Chandra Prasad Ghimire and Bob Zwartendijk.
Forest-Water Capacity Building Programme
Initiated in 2017 at our project site in India, this expanding programme aims to strengthen participant knowledge of forest-water processes and develop measurement and monitoring frameworks for forests and water which are locally appropriate.
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