"In recent decades, tropical forests have suffered extensive clearing, fragmentation, degradation, and depletion of biodiversity. Once blanketing 12 percent of the world’s landmass, they now cover just 5 percent. While destruction continues in many places, tropical forest restoration is growing and may sequester as much as six gigatons of carbon dioxide per year." Project Drawdown ranks this solution as the fifth most powerful in slowing and eventually reversing climate change.
Restoring degraded tropical forests around the world would significantly reduce CO2 emissions, and the stories in this collection demonstrate how this can be done. In Malawi, the causes of its severe deforestation were addressed and now the forests are returning against all odds. Hoping to follow this example, other promising solutions are being put into practice: introducing fast-growing bamboo as a substitute for firewood, partnering with indigenous communities, using drones to re-plant forests, and building an ecotourism industry to incentivize leaving forests in-tact. Tropical forests offer habitat, food, fiber and medicine to humans and animals alike. Apart from carbon sequestration, as crucial as it is, a restoration of these complex ecosystems has many benefits to offer.
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