Forests everywhere alter the movement, quality and availability of water. The world’s urban leaders need to account for the role of forests in securing clean water for residents and the agricultural lands that cities rely on.
In addition to the current health crisis, Colombia is facing simultaneous water and energy crises. Nature-based solutions that utilize forests can be a key part of creating sustainable water and energy systems in the long term.
Water-related risk is a growing economic threat. The private sector has a unique opportunity to shift corporate culture toward more sustainable practices that will spur long-term solutions to systemic water problems.
Building on recent applications in Latin America, this paper overviews WRI’s Green-Gray Assessment method, and provides recommendations for applications.
The Atlantic Forest, stretching across the watersheds that supply drinking water to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Vitoria and other cities, plays a crucial role in stabilizing local climates, increasing water flow in dry periods, purifying water and creating a buffer against floods.
This Infrastructure Week, it's time to look beyond building new pipes and pumps. Growing, restoring and preserving America's "natural infrastructure" like forests can help secure clean water supplies.
A new generation of corporate water targets will take the local context, the most recent science and stakeholder needs into account.
It’s fitting that International Day of Forests (March 21) and World Water Day (March 22) fall next to each other, as the health of these resources often go hand-in-hand.
Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay will require reducing pollution from all sources, including urban stormwater runoff, which is one of the most difficult and expensive kinds of pollution to control.
The Chesapeake Bay is one of America's most treasured waterways, but also one of the most polluted. Experts in this WRI Podcast examine nutrient trading as a potential solution.
Efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay will benefit from nutrient trading to help meet stormwater requirements, which can be the most challenging to achieve. WRI and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation studied three counties—two in Maryland and one in Virginia—to explore the potential for nutrient trading with the stormwater sector.
One community in Maharashtra, India has been restoring its watershed for years in order to create a stable water supply and adapt to climate change. A new tracking system will evaluate whether this and other climate adaptation projects are actually effective.
A Colorado wildfire that caused $25 million in damage also played havoc with Denver's drinking water supply, prompting the Mile-High City and others to invest in watershed protection to safeguard forests where the water they need originates. Protecting forested watersheds is critical for utilities that serve over 10,000 U.S. cities. Here are 10 factors that can guide watershed investment.
WRI will be releases a new report at Rally, the annual gathering of nearly 2,000 inspired and passionate land conservation practitioners from the US, Canada, South America and beyond, who are dedicated to conserving cherished places in local communities.
As communities around the world face a growing water crisis, the need for lower-cost means to secure ample and clean water is becoming increasingly important.
This document explains the underlying science and assumptions of natural infrastructure for water, describes data layers and information, documents data sources, and details the methodology used to generate watershed risk scores in Global Forest Watch Water. All data and maps are publicly available.
The United States has made significant progress in cleaning its rivers, lakes, and oceans. Investment in wastewater treatment plant technology, conservation practices with land managers, and restoration of natural systems is working in many places.
A new online guide to water quality trading can help farms, utilities and other businesses cut pollution and restore U.S. waters to their swimmable, fishable best.
Using Aqueduct data, participants in a recent workshop in Trifinio, Guatemala developed scenarios for decision-makers to manage water and adapt to climate change.