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Forests and Water

Valuation and Payments for Forest Ecosystem Services

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The objectives of this study are to further improve our understanding about the ways in which payments for ecosystem services schemes can be applied to forests, in particular focusing on forest’s hydrological functions for the mutual benefit of both humans and the environment. In addition, the study covers advances and challenges facing these schemes and provides practical guidance for policymakers and practitioners. This study contains the most comprehensive currently available database of case studies on forest-water related payment for ecosystem services schemes in the UNECE region.

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Introduction

Overharvesting, habitat degradation, climate change and pollution all pose major threats to forests and the ecosystem services they provide. Forests provide important watershed services, such as water purification, surface flw regulation and erosion control, as refle ted in targets 6.6 and 15.1 for SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 15 (life on land).

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