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Landowners receive billions in subsidies to protect watersheds: study
by Chris Arsenault
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15 December 2016
On 15 December 2016 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported:
Governments are offering more incentives to landowners who protect their watersheds to improve conservation, but must expand these efforts in order to provide reliable water supplies to growing populations, researchers said on Thursday [15 December]. Subsidies for landholders who protect watersheds -- land that absorbs rainwater -- exceeded $23 billion last year, about $2 billion more than 2014, the study said. Direct subsidies to farmers and landowners who protect watersheds is an effective conservation strategy, said the study by Forest Trends, a Washington-D.C. based research group. Rewarding landowners with subsidies for planting trees, reducing pesticide use, or maintaining wetlands is cheaper in the long run than responding to water shortages or other emergencies caused by poor management, the report said.
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