Forests and Decarbonization: roles of natural and planted forests

Bonnie Waring* (Corresponding Author), Mathias Neumann, Iain Colin Prentice, Mark Adams, Pete Smith, Martin Siegert

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The severe consequences of human disruptions to the global carbon cycle have prompted intense interest in strategies to reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Because growing forests capture CO2 in their biomass and soils, large-scale tree planting efforts have been advertised as a viable way to counteract anthropogenic emissions as part of net-zero emission strategies. Here, we assess the potential impact of reforestation and afforestation on the global climate system, and identify ecological, economic, and societal implications of such efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number58
Number of pages6
JournalFrontiers in Forests and Global Change
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2020

Bibliographical note

ICP acknowledges funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No: 787203 REALM). MN acknowledges support from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), grant No. J4211- N29.


  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • sequestration
  • CO2 drawdown
  • forest management
  • native forest
  • biodiversity


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