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August 8th, 2018 / SciDev.net

Despite the contribution of forests to water sustainability, scholars and researchers have rarely studied the linkages involving forests, climate change and water in Africa, a report, Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities, says.

According to the report, about seven billion humans currently occupying the earth are competing with more than three trillion trees for water, thus making a need to address
forests-water-people-climate links crucial.

The report, which was released during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York, United Sates, last month ((10 July), adds that forests form a buffer against a looming global water crisis.

The report is a review of about 1,000 peer-reviewed published in the last ten years, with a focus on way forests interact with climate change in influencing water flows relevant for the Sustainable Development Goals, and the options to better manage forests for preventing water scarcity. Read more