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… 

Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits

The role of local communities as sources of indigenous knowledge are emphasized, and the benefits they could derive from successful reforestation that restores ecosystem functioning and delivers a diverse range of forest products and services are emphasized.

The biodiversity and ecosystem service contributions and trade-offs of forest restoration approaches

Forest restoration is being scaled up globally to deliver critical ecosystem services and biodiversity benefits; however, there is a lack of rigorous comparison of cobenefit delivery across different

Mapping tree species for restoration potential resilient to climate change

An algorithm is developed that combines ecological niche modelling and geographic distributions that allows for the high resolution (1km) global mapping of the native range and suitability of 3,987 tree species under current and future climatic conditions.

Global forest restoration and the importance of prioritizing local communities

An analysis of the overlap between tropical forest restoration, human populations, development and national policies for community forest ownership shows that 294.5 million people live within forest restoration opportunity land in the Global South.

Forests and Decarbonization – Roles of Natural and Planted Forests

The severe consequences of human disruptions to the global carbon cycle have prompted intense interest in strategies to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Because growing forests capture CO2 in

Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration

It is found that restoring 15% of converted lands in priority areas could avoid 60% of expected extinctions while sequestering 299 gigatonnes of CO 2 —30% of the total CO 2 increase in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution.

Dynamic modelling shows substantial contribution of ecosystem restoration to climate change mitigation

Limiting global warming to a 1.5°C temperature rise requires drastic emissions reductions and removal of carbon-dioxide from the atmosphere. Most modelled pathways for 1.5°C assume substantial



Restoring tropical forests from the bottom up

  • K. Holl
  • Environmental Science
  • 2017
How can ambitious forest restoration targets be implemented on the ground? Recent initiatives at regional, national, and global scales have called for unprecedented levels of forest restoration to

A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets

Freshwater and marine targets included here extend the GDN to all realms and provide a pathway to ensuring a more livable biosphere.

Forest Landscape Restoration

The extent and distribution of global forests is a matter of considerable concern. The overall rate of deforestation remains high although recent reports suggest it is finally beginning to decline

The global tree restoration potential

There is room for an extra 0.9 billion hectares of canopy cover, which could store 205 gigatonnes of carbon in areas that would naturally support woodlands and forests, which highlights global tree restoration as one of the most effective carbon drawdown solutions to date.

Restoring natural forests is the best way to remove atmospheric carbon

Plans to triple the area of plantations will not meet 1.5 °C climate goals. New natural forests can, argue Simon L. Lewis, Charlotte E. Wheeler and colleagues.Plans to triple the area of plantations

Global restoration opportunities in tropical rainforest landscapes

Assessment of socioenvironmental benefits and feasibility identifies priority areas for restoring global tropical rainforests to maximize the potential to mitigate anthropogenic impacts and improve human well-being.

Natural climate solutions

It is shown that NCS can provide over one-third of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed between now and 2030 to stabilize warming to below 2 °C.

A Policy‐Driven Knowledge Agenda for Global Forest and Landscape Restoration

The global restoration movement is gaining momentum. International and national leaders are demonstrating unparalleled political will for achieving ambitious targets. However, the knowledge base for

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization of the climate at intermediate temperature