Planting trees can be one tool to fight climate change - if we do it right

Trees are an essential tool in the fight against climate change, but haphazard planting can have unintended consequences. Image: Unsplash

Karen D. Holl

Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Pedro H. S. Brancalion

Professor of Tropical Forestry, Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo


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A forest restoration project in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest at the time of tree planting (left) and after two years. Image: The Applied Ecologist
Why do people plant trees? Image: The Applied Ecologist
Aligning decisions amongst a farmer, an international NGO and a restoration company about where to plant native trees on a cattle ranching farm in the Amazon. Image: Pedro Brancalion
Different remote sensing approaches (airplane and drone Lidar scanning, orbital sensors, and machine learning) to monitor forest restoration. Image: Daniel Papa
Group discussion with numerous stakeholders to decide where to restore forests and to keep productive pasturelands on a Colombian farm. Image: Pedro Brancalio

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