The latest issue of Wood Wise looks at the opportunities trees and woodland offer for water management. Case studies focus on a number of projects and cover issues such as flooding, pollution of watercourses, soil erosion and the health of aquatic species.
Water is a precious resource for life on Earth, covering 70 per cent of the planet’s surface. Yet only 2.5 per cent of the total volume of the world’s water is fresh and less than 1 per cent of this is usable by ecosystems and humans. Over-consumption and insensitive land management can have major negative consequences for water courses and bodies.
Trees and woodland can can offer important benefits for soil stability, reduction of peak flows during heavy rain events, creation of food and habitat for a range of species, improvements in water quality, and more.
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