Clean water is one of our most important resources; our very survival depends on it. But where does it come from? If you look upstream you will probably find a forest.
Forests are vital to our water supply. They not only influence on how and where rain falls,they filter and clean our water, far better and cheaper than most innovative solutions
So protecting our forests we protect our clean water, and coinciding with the International Day of Forests and the World Water Day, EFIMED arises seven essential issues that should be known, about water and forests.
1.-Forested watersheds and wetlands supply 75 per cent of the world’s accessible fresh water for domestic, agricultural, industrial and ecological needs.
2.- About one-third of the world’s largest cities obtain a significant proportion of their drinking water directly from forested protected areas.
3.- Nearly 80 per cent of the world’s population – 8 out of 10 people – is exposed to high levels of threat to water security.
4.- Forests act as natural water filters.
5.- Climate change is altering forests’ role in regulating water flows and influencing the availability of water resources.
6.- Improved water resource management can show considerable economic gains.
7.- Forests have a crucial role in building and strengthening resilience