ecosystem services

Webinar

Seeing the Forests for the Water: Applying the Latest Science on Forest-Water Interactions

The world is experiencing both unprecedented forest loss and increasingly severe floods and drought events. These issues are often approached independently, despite the critical influence forest and water have on each other and in providing ecosystem services. This webinar, held on August 23, 2019 and sponsored by Winrock International, discusses innovative research demonstrating these interrelationships and how these findings can be used for policy and decision-making to achieve informed and coordinated natural resource management.

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Hidden Forces: The Role of Water in Economic Prosperity

Safe and accessible water is critical for a country’s successful economic development and for the health and well-being of its citizens. Ultimately, the journey to self-reliance cannot succeed without sustainable water resource management.

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Mid-Term Performance Evaluation of the Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West Africa Regional Development (STEWARD III) Project

Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West Africa Regional Development (STEWARD III) is a forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods project implemented by the U.S. Forest Service’s International Program (USFS-IP). It works in transboundary priority zones in the Upper Guinean Forest ecosystem, occurring in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire. It is the third iteration of the STEWARD program.

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Degradation of Kenya’s Water Towers Contribute to Growing Water Crisis

Kenya’s five major forest “water towers”—Mau Forest Complex, Mt. Kenya, Aberdares, Cherangany Hills, and Mt. Elgon—provide an estimated 75 percent of the country’s water resources and are central to Kenya’s economic and social well-being. Water towers are forested, high elevation landscapes from which most of the country’s major rivers (e.g., Tana, Mara, and Ewaso Ng’iro) originate.

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Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Water Security

Fresh water sustains all life and is an essential requirement for human development. Globally, many communities are water-stressed, and an estimated 1.8 billion people are projected to live in areas with absolute water scarcity by 2025 (UNDP 2014). Communities rely on secure water resources for a wide array of purposes, including direct consumption, household use, irrigation, energy production, and sanitation and hygiene.

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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Species Programme working with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has been assessing the conservation status of species, subspecies, varieties, and even selected subpopulations on a global scale for the past 50 years in order to highlight taxa threatened with extinction, and therefore promote their conservation.