On World Water Day and International Day of Forests, what better way to celebrate than to explore the link between water and forests?
IUCN’s new infographic highlights the complex relationship between trees and water. Drawing on global examples, it shows that while forests can have a positive effect on water quality, their influence on water quantity can vary depending on the environment.
Trees and vegetation absorb rainwater, increase evapotranspiration and draw water from the ground. Although these natural process are an important part of the water cycle, this means that forests can also restrict water supply to dry areas.
Forests are undeniably valuable for water quality and quantity. This infographic highlights why it is essential that restoration projects are implemented carefully and strategically to maximize benefits and avoid any unintended impacts.
Read more for #WorldWaterDay and #IntlForestDay:
Forests + Water
- Water, more or less: Do more forests mean more water?
- Cities are landscapes too: Green infrastructure for healthy forests, water and people
- Forests and Water: Forest dependency in Eastern Europe