Key objectives of this brief are to:
provide policy makers with concise and clear information on the central role of forest and tree cover in supporting Earth system processes that are crucial to the water cycle, and maintaining the quality of human life.
raise awareness of new findings on the importance of forests, as outlined in strategies addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, water management, and land-use planning.
encourage multiple sectors to engage in sustainable forest management as part of broader landscape management.
It makes recommendations on Integrated sustainable landscape management, appropraite reforestation and afforestation, restoration and conservation of existing forest and policy-and practice-based on scientific knowledge and understanding.