19.03.2016

# New Publications

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Summers, David M.; et al. (2015): The costs of reforestation. A spatial model of the costs of establishing environmental and carbon plantings

Summers, David M.; Bryan, Brett A.; Nolan, Martin; Hobbs, Trevor J. (2015): The costs of reforestation. A spatial model of the costs of establishing environmental and carbon plantings. In Land Use Policy 44, pp. 110–121. DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.12.002.

"Reforestation presents a potentially important tool for carbon abatement and reducing the impact of climate change and may also provide valuable biodiversity benefits. However, the economic returns are critical in determining whether it will be a viable land use and this is highly sensitive to assumptions around upfront establishment cost. [...] Here we developed a model to predict the spatially explicit costs of establishment of monoculture tree plantations for carbon sequestration (or carbon plantings) and mixed species plantations for carbon sequestration and biodiversity benefits (or environmental plantings)."

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16.03.2016

# New Publications

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Locatelli, Bruno; et al. (2015): Tropical reforestation and climate change. Beyond carbon

Locatelli, Bruno; Catterall, Carla P.; Imbach, Pablo; Kumar, Chetan; Lasco, Rodel; Marín-Spiotta, Erika et al. (2015): Tropical reforestation and climate change. Beyond carbon. In Restor Ecol 23 (4), pp. 337–343. DOI 10.1111/rec.12209.

"Management of increased forest cover must also incorporate measures for reducing the direct and indirect impacts of changing climate on reforestation itself. Here we advocate a focus on “climate-smart reforestation,” defined as reforesting for climate change mitigation and adaptation, while ensuring that the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on reforestation are anticipated and minimized."

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10.02.2016

# Projects

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Project: Forests for the Future – New Forests for Africa

Large reforestation project. "Reforestation and landscape restoration as means of combating climate change are now high on the agenda of many governments and organizations, especially in the wake of COP21 in Paris. Close cooperation between businesses and investors is needed to meet this challenge and to develop plantation forestry into a stable and sustainable business that will be beneficial to all involved. The opportunities for all stakeholders are huge."

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08.02.2016

# New Publications

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Naudts, K.; et al. (2016): Europes forest management did not mitigate climate warming

Naudts, K.; Chen, Y.; McGrath, M. J.; Ryder, J.; Valade, A.; Otto, J.; Luyssaert, S. (2016): Europes forest management did not mitigate climate warming. In Science 351 (6273), pp. 597–600. DOI 10.1126/science.aad7270.

Relevant to CDR-afforestation strategies, but not directly refering to CE. "We found that afforestation is responsible for an increase of 0.12 watts per square meter in the radiative imbalance at the top of the atmosphere, whereas an increase of 0.12 kelvin in summertime atmospheric boundary layer temperature was mainly caused by species conversion."

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01.02.2016

# Media

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Fern: What does the Paris climate agreement mean for forests and forest peoples’ rights?

"However, the long-term goal, and indeed much of the Paris Agreement, could also open the door to a form of geoengineering, known as carbon dioxide removal (CDR), if large-scale monoculture plantations or bioenergy crops with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) were used to remove significant volumes of carbon from the atmosphere."

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01.02.2016

# Media

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Independet: Potential of agroforestry can no longer be ignored

"Schemes to encourage afforestation have led to the establishment of 26,000 private forest plantations in Ireland since 1980. The majority of these plantations are owned by farmers, making farmers the new foresters."

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26.01.2016

# Media

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The Center for Carbon Removal: Science Friday - Forest Carbon Sequestration

"It's Science Friday — our weekly installment of academic research on all things related to carbon removal. This week, we're focusing on biological carbon removal solutions through land management practices like reforestation and "carbon farming"."

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21.12.2015

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Before they Vanish Blog: Forestry in China: An Introduction

"Carbon sequestration through reforestation and afforestation is disproportionate to the rate of carbon emissions and the carbon sink loss due to deforestation. Deforestation, according to the IPCC, accounts for 20% of overall greenhouse gas emissions (Barker et al. 2007). A staunch believer in the potential of anthropogenic intervention in climate change, Watson claims that “significant reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions” are possible with technology and “policy measures in the…agricultural and forestry sectors”. "

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14.12.2015

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Care2: African Countries Pledge Enormous Reforestation Program

"A number of countries across the African continent have agreed to a monumental re-forestation program at the COP21 climate summit. Called AFR100, it’s goal is to restore 100 million hectares – or around 1,000,000 square kilometers – of pristine forest. For those counting, that’s larger area than France and the UK combined."

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12.12.2015

# Media

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Ahram Online: COP21: $4bn for Great Green Wall of the Sahara and Sahel

"Heads of states and government recommit to developing the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative, one of the most ambitious projects ever put into action to address areas on the frontline of climate change"

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