Shedloads - Hands On (2/13)

This is also part of this series: Earth Report (13)

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Subjects: Agriculture, Environment, Forests, Sustainable Development, Water

Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: TVE
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 23 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: Additional resources - see link below

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

They've been called nature's water towers. They are the planet's watersheds - the vegetated slopes of the catchment areas of the river basins. Countries spend billions of dollars every year conserving and cleansing water - but watersheds do it for nothing. Worse, when trees and other forms of vegetation cover are recklessly removed, as countries such as China have discovered, the cost can be counted in the lives of the people who perish in flooding and mudslides. This week Earth Report scours the world to find places where good business sense prevails - as far apart as India and New York State we find markets are being created to reward communities for conserving nature's 'taps'.