Water for Forests and People in the Mediterranean – A Challenging Balance

We live in an intricate and changing environment with interrelated feedback between ecosystems, society, economy and the environment. EFI’s ‘What Science Can Tell Us’ series is based on collective scientific expert reviews providing interdisciplinary background information on key and complex forest-related issues for policy and decision makers, citizens and society in general.

The first volume in the series – Water for Forests and People in the Mediterranean: A Challenging Balance – guides the reader through the basics of water cycle, the concepts of blue and green water, their possible trade-off and the related key challenges with focus on the Mediterranean region and its specificities. The book also contributes to bridge the gap between scientific evidence and public perception.

There is a need to provide more comprehensive knowledge to policy makers on the forest/water interface within the framework of different policy initiatives (e.g. the EU Water Framework Directive, Green Infrastructures, and Forest Europe). This need becomes urgent in the Mediterranean region, which is permanently confronted with the scarcity of water – the main limiting factor for life and the most strategic resource for ensuring the sustainability of the region.

Pdf versions in English and French are freely available in internet at:
English version
French version

A Spanish version is planned to be released over forthcoming autumn.

This book has been funded with contributions from the Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC) via the SylvaMED project and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF).

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