Topics

Explore the relationship between forests and several key themes critical to sustainability and the health of our future ecosystems.

Nearly 20% of the world's population will be at-risk for floods by 2050.

Nearly 20% of the world's population will be at-risk for floods by 2050.

Forests are a natural, cost-effective way to help secure ample, clean water and to protect against natural disasters like floods and droughts.

Nearly 20% of the world's population will be at-risk for floods by 2050.

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Water

Natural state

Forests are critical to supplying clean and plentiful water around the world. Healthy forests filter water, reduce erosion, regulate rainfall, recharge groundwater tables and buffer against the impacts of droughts and floods. Coastal forests are especially important in providing protection from surges and are crucial breeding grounds for marine life.

Natural state
Water

Drivers of change

Deforestation compromises watershed health and increases risk of floods and drought. More frequent and severe forest fires, exacerbated by climate change, can pollute water supplies, reduce forest cover and devastate communities.

Drivers of change
Water

Compromised state

Deforested watersheds are unable to properly filter water and regulate water supply for the communities that depend on them. Erosion, flood and landslide risks increase without forests to hold sediment in place and channel precipitation under ground. Deforested coasts are more vulnerable to storm surges and fisheries suffer.

Compromised state
Water

Recovery state

Restoring and conserving forests can help increase water security. There is a growing wave of investments in forests for water, given the economic, environmental and public health benefits these critical lands can generate.

Recovery state

Topics

Explore the relationship between forests and several key themes critical to sustainability and the health of our future ecosystems.

Nearly 20% of the world's population will be at-risk for floods by 2050.

Nearly 20% of the world's population will be at-risk for floods by 2050.

Forests are a natural, cost-effective way to help secure ample, clean water and to protect against natural disasters like floods and droughts.

Nearly 20% of the world's population will be at-risk for floods by 2050.

Scroll to discover

Water

Natural state

Forests are critical to supplying clean and plentiful water around the world. Healthy forests filter water, reduce erosion, regulate rainfall, recharge groundwater tables and buffer against the impacts of droughts and floods. Coastal forests are especially important in providing protection from surges and are crucial breeding grounds for marine life.

Natural state
Water

Drivers of change

Deforestation compromises watershed health and increases risk of floods and drought. More frequent and severe forest fires, exacerbated by climate change, can pollute water supplies, reduce forest cover and devastate communities.

Drivers of change
Water

Compromised state

Deforested watersheds are unable to properly filter water and regulate water supply for the communities that depend on them. Erosion, flood and landslide risks increase without forests to hold sediment in place and channel precipitation under ground. Deforested coasts are more vulnerable to storm surges and fisheries suffer.

Compromised state
Water

Recovery state

Restoring and conserving forests can help increase water security. There is a growing wave of investments in forests for water, given the economic, environmental and public health benefits these critical lands can generate.

Recovery state