Linking Water, Forests and Communities: a series dedicated to the development of successful Payment for Ecosystem Service projects in the southeast.
Forests provide exceptional source water protection and generate the highest quality water supplies among all land uses, which keeps drinking water safe, reliable, and affordable. There are approximately 245 million acres of private forestland in the U.S. South. However, if the region continues to develop at its current rate, by 2060, 23 million acres of Southern woodlands will be lost. That’s a portion of land the size of Indiana, which supports our economy, our culture and sustains many of our freshwater ecosystems and also provides our region’s drinking water. By ensuring that forests are maintained, we can protect both the quantity and quality of our critical water supplies safeguarding drinking water for generations to come. Linking the two – upstream forest landowners and downstream water consumers – will be critical.

To help increase awareness and inspire all of us to act to protect source water through the protection of forests. Important topics related to the creation of successful Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) projects will be presented, which will:

• Feature experts engaged in this work across the Southeast (and beyond) and descriptions of a variety of successful projects.
• Increase the participants’ understanding of new and emerging forest & water ecosystem service financing mechanisms.
• Identify, expand, and connect the region’s network of knowledgeable practitioners and explore the potential for a Community of Practice focused on the sharing experiences, tools and techniques.

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