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Forests Water

Developing Markets for Water Services from Forests

Issues and Lessons for Innovators

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Of the many services that forests provide, hydrological services, such as water quality and water flow, are among the most valuable. As we look ahead into the next decade, water will become an increasingly critical issue as it becomes an increasingly scarce resource. The value of these hydrological services will only grow over time. Policy makers, forest landowners, and investors in downstream utilities are recognizing the financial value of healthy forests and are developing innovative mechanisms to finance forest conservation.