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FAO e-learning: Forest and Water Nexus

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) e-learning Academy offers an online course on the forest-water nexus.

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This course is intended to provide on overview of forest and water relationships, and an understanding of the impacts of changing landscapes on water resources. It can be used as a stand-alone course for those interested in learning about the forest-water nexus, or as an introduction for those who will engage in workshops using the FAO capacity development facilitation guide on Advancing the Forest and Water Nexus. 

The e-learning course, delivered over two hours, is aimed at a cross section of audiences at various levels, from policymakers, forest, water or land managers and practitioners who wish to know more about the forest-water nexus.

Participants will learn about:

  • Basic relationships between trees, forests and water. 
  • The role that forests play in regulating water quality, quantity and timing. 
  • Environmental, economic and socio-cultural benefits resulting from forest-water relationships. 
  • Effects of land use changes on water quality, quantity and timing.  
  • The importance of including water considerations in sustainable forest management.

For details on joining the forest-water nexus course, in English, French and Spanish, please click here.


To sign up for a related online course, in English only, developed in collaboration with the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, on Assessing the Environmental Flow Requirement for SDG Indicator 6.4.2 (Level of water stress), please click here.

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