The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has launched a new program focusing on the crucial role forests play in our fresh water supply. Because so many of the world’s forests rest in mountainous areas, it is crucial that the people of these areas are included in any and all processes of forest protection going forward.
Every year on the International Day of Forests we celebrate the ways in which forests and trees sustain and protect us. This year we are raising awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life.
The UN FAO has released a Five Year Action Plan that calls for the combined effort of science, economics, policy and practice pertaining to water and forest interactions. You can read the article on FAO.org, here; and the action plan here.