The trouble with trees; afforestation plans for Africa

William J. Bond, Nicola Stevens, Guy F. Midgley, Caroline Lehmann

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Extensive tree planting is widely promoted for reducing atmospheric CO2. In Africa, 1 million km2, mostly of grassy biomes, have been targeted for ‘restoration’ by 2030. The target is based on the erroneous assumption that these biomes are deforested and degraded. We discuss the pros and cons of exporting fossil fuel emission problems to Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)963-965
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Issue number11
Early online date9 Sep 2019
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


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