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Led by and Robin Chazdon, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Michael Willig, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, researchers and non-profit leaders representing 14 countries convened at the University of Connecticut to work on a global five-year, multidisciplinary project called PARTNERS – People and Reforestation in the Tropics: A Network for Education, Research, and Synthesis.
Over just a few decades in the mid-20th century, this small country chopped down a majority of its ancient forests. But after a huge conservation push and a wave of forest regrowth, trees now blanket more than half of Costa Rica.
When the Philippines opened its first school of forestry in 1910, the institute’s leaders hatched a plan to restore degraded woodlands surrounding the campus outside Manila.
Latin America – When most people think of forest restoration, they think of planting trees. But at the scales needed to meet ambitious global land restoration targets, the costs involved are prohibitive – from buying millions of seedlings to paying people to plant and maintain them. But there is a powerful, cost-effective alternative: nature itself.
Tropical forests globally are being lost at a rate of 61,000 square miles a year. And despite conservation efforts, the global rate of loss is accelerating. In 2016, it reached a 15-year high, with 114,000 square miles cleared. .
Many countries have made commitments to restore huge areas of forest as part of the Bonn Challenge, organized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
What we think we know about how to restore tropical forests is getting a second look. A new paper produced by scientists in Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD), the University of Hawaii’s Lyon Arboretum, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County points out an important bias in recent studies.
At a time when countries are pledging to restore millions of hectares of forest, new research argues that recent studies on forest regeneration techniques are flawed.
Even as humans continue to clear 13 million hectares every year, forests are growing back across the tropics. In addition to helping local communities like Intag, secondary forests can conserve tropical biodiversity.
Deforestation lets countries develop economically through commodity production, mining, and infrastructure-building, but makes many previously forested areas unsuitable for people and animals.
High-value Opportunities Exist to Restore Tropical Rainforests Around the World – Here’s How We Mapped Them
The green belt of tropical rainforests that covers equatorial regions of the Americas, Africa, Indonesia and Southeast Asia is turning brown. Since 1990, Indonesia has lost 50% of its original forest, the Amazon 30% and Central Africa 14%.
The need to restore forest, both to protect biodiversity and to stabilize the climate, is urgent, experts say. Some 80 percent of the world’s land species need forests to live. Trees also fight climate change by taking up carbon dioxide—the main gas responsible for warming—from the air and turning it into wood and roots.
JAKARTA — The loss of tropical rainforests the world over is a major contributor to the global climate crisis. But that loss isn’t irreversible, according to a new study that has identified deforested areas spanning more than twice the size of California that can be brought back to life.
Pesquisa internacional liderada por professor da USP mostra que 11% das áreas tropicais destruídas no mundo têm boas condições para serem restauradas
We have heard for years that planting trees can help save the world from global warming. That mantra was mostly a statement of faith, however.
11% das Florestas Fropicais úmidas Degradadas Podem ser Restauradas para Maiores Benefícios de Carbono, Agua e vida Selvagem
Pesquisadores apontam pontos críticos de restauração em 15 países, incluindo o Brasil, a Indonésia, a Índia e a Colômbia, em quatro continentes, onde as florestas revitalizantes proporcionariam os maiores benefícios de carbono, água e vida selvagem
There’s a lot of high-tech proposals out there to avert climate catastrophe: sucking up carbon and storing it underground, carpooling to work in flying taxis, and even converting methane to carbon dioxide. But one of the most important actions is also one of the most mundane: planting trees.
A new study in the journal Science highlighted the role forests could play in tackling climate change. Researchers estimated that by restoring forests to their maximum potential, we could cut down atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) by 25 percent — a move that would take us back to levels not seen in over a century.