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2012 | Action Number: FP0601

Forest management for water production and storage

  • Author(s): COST Office

Forests are an essential element of the European cultural, geographical and environmental landscapes. They cover approximately one third of Europe's land area, and their role in water provision is even more pivotal, as forested landscapes are the preferred sources for generation, storage and export of drinking water to supply the human population.

Research on forest-water interactions touches upon the water resource aspect and potential hazards to the human population. Along river systems and in larger floodplains, peak flow rates may cause devastating floods. The frequency and intensity of such floods may increase due to climate change and a concurrent amplification of extreme weather situations...

This COST factsheet highlights how COST Action FP0601 deals with the issues at hand.

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