Reforestation is a Goer!
04 June 2010
Deforestation is responsible for nearly
20 per cent of global carbon emissions. That’s more than the
emissions from every car, every plane, every boat, every train –
more than the whole of the transport sector put together.
remove CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and, globally,
could provide a reduction of about 25% of current CO2 emissions from
fossil fuels by 2030, through a combination of reduced deforestation,
forest management and increased forestation.
Last month fifty of the
world's most important countries concluded an agreement on reducing
greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. Around £2.6 billion has
been pledged for the period 2010–2012 for measures to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in
is called the REDD project which means
from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and was started along with
they Kyoto protocol.
“Measures to reduce
deforestation are the quickest and least expensive way of achieving
large emission cuts. At today’s meeting, around 50 countries agreed
on a framework for the rapid implementation of measures for reducing
deforestation. This could be an important step forward in the run-up
to the climate negotiations in Mexico later this year,” said Prime
Minister Stoltenberg at the Oslo Climate and Forest Conference in
The global forest partnership that was established in Oslo today
marks the start of closer global cooperation on reducing
deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries.
Photo by Ron Shirt
in Britain, the outlook is changing for the better. An extensive
study of UK forestry and Climate Change released in November 2009
showed that there were significant benefits to be had by putting in
more trees. Woodlands planted since 1990, coupled to an enhanced
woodland creation programme of 23,000 hectares per year over the next
40 years, could be delivering by the 2050s, on an annual basis,
emissions reduction equivalent to 10% of total GHG emissions at that
time. Such a programme would represent a 4% change in land cover and
would bring UK forest area to 16% which would still be well below the
European average of 36%. This increase in forest cover
could capture up to 15 million tonnes of CO2 per year if properly
managed, which would amount to around 10% of total UK CO2 emissions.
This would be a significant dent in the UK's total output of CO2, as
well as providing managed sustainable domestic wood, employment
opportunities, and of course, enhancing the environment for all sorts
of plants, animals and insect life, including pollinators like bees.
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