Smart reforestation must go beyond carbon

21 May 2015

BOGOR, Indonesia – Keeping carbon stored in trees. That’s one major way of tackling climate change.
Natural regeneration, replanting, native tree plantations, commercial plantations and agro forestry systems have all be used as part of reforestation efforts.
But a new study has found we can do better by ensuring that communities and ecosystems surrounding and within the forests are also more resilient to climate change.
And it’s all in the planning.

The study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) warns reforestation that ignores the adaptation benefits of replanted forests, using a variety of different practices and tree species, could make local communities and ecosystems more vulnerable to the future impacts of climate change, thereby undermining their effectiveness.

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