Active restoration accelerates the carbon recovery of human-modified tropical forests

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Science  14 Aug 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6505, pp. 838-841
DOI: 10.1126/science.aay4490

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The carbon gain in restored logged forest

There is currently great interest in the capacity of global forest to store carbon and hence contribute to the mitigation of climate change in the coming decades. In a study of Southeast Asian tropical forest, Philipson et al. show that active restoration of logged forests generates higher rates of carbon accumulation than naturally regenerating forest. To estimate the economic feasibility of restoration treatments, they modeled the carbon price required to offset the cost of restoration, finding that the highest prices seen in recent years would be needed to approach those that could offset restoration costs. These results are important for tropical forest policy, establishing the importance of restoration for the carbon recovery potential of tropical forests.

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