Local practical examples show that the creation of natural forest, food forest and agroforestry in catchment areas of Dutch waters can be of added value for biodiversity, carbon sequestration, water buffering and water safety. The National Forest Strategy, the Climate Agreement and the Integral River Management program provide frameworks for applying these land use forms more widely as nature-based solutions. The precondition is that earnings models are developed for the entrepreneurs involved and that ecosystem services for society are quantified.
The Foundation for Applied Water Research STOWA published this information in a so-called Deltafact, which is a summary of state of the art knowledge in the field of water management, climate change and water quality. This Deltafact is about the relation between trees, forests and water management.