Restoring forests as a means to many ends

  title={Restoring forests as a means to many ends},
  author={Robin L. Chazdon and Pedro Henrique Santin Brancalion},
  pages={24 - 25}
An urgent need to replenish tree canopy cover calls for holistic approaches Earth is approaching environmental thresholds that, if crossed, will create serious disruptions to ecosystems, economies, and society (1). To avoid the devastating effects of climate change and biodiversity loss, humanity must protect and restore native ecosystems (2). International conventions and organizations support forest restoration as a method for mitigating hazardous environmental shifts, but questions remain as… Expand
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  • Geography, Medicine
  • Science
  • 2017
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