New Study: US$8.17 Billion Spent in 2011 to Safeguard Drinking Water and Regional Supplies by Protecting Watersheds—$2 Billion Above 2008 Levels

original source: Ecosystem Marketplace: A Forest Trends Initiative, http://www.forest-trends.org/embargoed_water_2013.php?utm_source=TEEBrief+Issue+2013-02&utm_campaign=TEEBrief+2013-01&utm_medium=email

China leads in watershed investments, as globally, protecting natural lands emerges as cost-effective solution to municipal water woes
WASHINGTON, D.C. (17 January, 2013)—The number of initiatives that protect and restore forests, wetlands, and other water-rich ecosystems has nearly doubled in just four years as governments urgently seek sustainable alternatives to costly industrial infrastructure, according to a new report from Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace.

“Whether you need to save water-starved China from economic ruin or protect drinking water for New York City, investing in natural resources is emerging as the most cost-efficient and effective way to secure clean water and recharge our dangerously depleted streams and aquifers,” said Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends President and CEO. “80 percent of the world is now facing significant threats to water security. We are witnessing the early stages of a global response that could transform the way we value and manage the world’s watersheds.”

The report, State of Watershed Payments 2012, is the second installment of the most comprehensive inventory to date of initiatives around the world that are paying individuals and communities to revive or preserve water-friendly features of the landscape. Such features include wetlands, streams, and forests that can capture, filter, and store freshwater.

Summary report can be downloaded here: Charting New Waters (summary)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: