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
Member, Science Panel for the Amazon
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Two pictures comparing the before and after images of a tree planting project
A forest restoration project in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest at the time of tree planting (left) and after two years. Image: The Applied Ecologist
A list showing the various reasons people plant trees
Why do people plant trees? Image: The Applied Ecologist
demonstrators put up a poster to where to plant native trees on a cattle ranching farm in the Amazon
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
A graphical animation showing how emote sensing approaches can help tree planting
Different remote sensing approaches (airplane and drone Lidar scanning, orbital sensors, and machine learning) to monitor forest restoration. Image: Daniel Papa
People gather in a field overlooking a nearby forest to discuss tree planting
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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