Plant the right trees in the right places – with the right fungal companions.
Plan to cut emissions quickly, use offsets sparingly and set broader goals for improving society.
Here’s what to look out for.
The pledge to end deforestation holds great potential, but Canada has some work ahead if it is to make meaningful progress on the new goal and stop ongoing forest and carbon loss.
The world is a much better place for the extra carbon being absorbed by forests, but it can never entirely offset emissions.
Paying attention to tree seed to enhance forest landscape restoration: new resources for Africa are available.
Planting a massive number of trees can help slow climate change, but it is only part of the solution.
“Will it become a wood again, how long will it take, which species will be in it?”
Carbon has overshadowed forests in climate policies, leading to practices that appear green but actually harm forests.
Planting trees can sometimes be a carbon-offset box-ticking exercise, but reforestation is a long-term commitment that supports communities, promotes biodiversity and tackles the climate emergency.
Planting trees is a popular way to do something for nature, but putting seedlings in the ground is just the first step. And without long-term care, those sprouts may not last.
Even if they can’t save us from climate change, society still depends on forests.
Zero emission? Carbon neutral? Carbon negative? What does it mean to achieve ‘net-zero’ emissions?
Large areas targeted for forest restoration in Africa are covered by savanna and grassland, which provide important ecosystem services that would be lost should they be converted to forests.
It depends on where and how it’s grown, and how it is disposed of or recycled.
Regreening Africa works directly with 500,000 households to restore one million hectares of agricultural land.
The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions.
Tree planting projects that use non-native trees risk releasing more carbon back into the atmosphere, undermining efforts to fight climate change.
Governments are throwing billions of taxpayer dollars on stimulus measures after COVID-19. But they must do it diligently, and transparently.
New Zealand is pumping millions of dollars into environment projects as part of its COVID-19 recovery. Australia’s recovery plan seems more destructive than reconstructive.