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New UMBC research suggests need to rethink goals of global reforestation efforts

November 6, 2018

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Based on data from Costa Rica that spans from 1947 to 2014, the authors of a new study found 50 percent of secondary forest patches were re-cleared within 20 years, and 85 percent were re-cleared within 54 years. This suggests that committing to reforesting lands for the long term, even if smaller in total area, may provide greater benefits (habitat, carbon storage, etc.) than quickly reforesting large areas (as many nations have promised under the Bonn Challenge). Full Story

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