HEALTHY FORESTS = CLEAN WATER
of Georgia’s land area is covered by working forests
of Georgia watersheds flow through forests
Of Georgians depend on water from forests
Forests & Water Connection Initiative
Identifying Ecosystem Services Market Structures that Work
GFF recently partnered with researchers at Dovetail Partners to host a series of workshops across four priority watersheds. We gathered feedback on ecosystem services market structures, agreement details and more from more than 350+ landowners and water professionals. This project is separated into three phases:
- Phase I: Identify Preferred Conservation Mechanisms
- Phase II: Gather Feedback from Landowners and Water Users & Providers
- Phase III: Develop Program and Engagement Recommendations
The Forest & Water Connection Initiative is supported by a grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and executed through the support from GFF, Keeping Forests and the Dovetail Partners in collaboration with the Georgia Forestry Commission, Southeastern Partnership for Forests & Water, and Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources.
Driving Long-Term Value for Forest Landowners & Water Providers
Information from this initiative will be used to develop an ecosystem services market in Georgia.
- Priority Watershed(s)
Where do the greatest opportunities in the state exist?
- Ideal Conservation Mechanism(s)
What is the appropriate structure for agreements between users and landowners?
- Engagement Strategy
How do we engage with buyers (water users) and sellers (landowners)?
- Buyer / Seller Network
Building a strong list of interested water users and landowners segmented by watershed.
- Funding Source
Financial resources to facilitate transactions.
- Give us your Feedback
If you missed our forums earlier this year, Ecosystem Services Manager Robert Farris for more information on our project.
- Sign Up and Stay Engaged
We will be sharing the results of our initial research and program recommendations. Sign up for our email updates and more.
- Become a Collaborator
If your organization would like to become a part of our growing list of collaborators, contact us today!