Tropical reforestation and climate change: beyond carbon

Locatelli Bruno, Catterall Carla P., Imbach Pablo, Kumar Chetan, Lasco Rodel D., Marin-Spiotta Erika, Mercer Bernard, Powers Jennifer S., Schwartz Naomi, Uriarte Maria. 2015. Tropical reforestation and climate change: beyond carbon. Restoration Ecology, 23 (4) : pp. 337-343.

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Quartile : Q2, Sujet : ECOLOGY

Abstract : Tropical reforestation (TR) has been highlighted as an important intervention for climate change mitigation because of its carbon storage potential. TR can also play other frequently overlooked, but significant, roles in helping society and ecosystems adapt to climate variability and change. For example, reforestation can ameliorate climate-associated impacts of altered hydrological cycles in watersheds, protect coastal areas from increased storms, and provide habitat to reduce the probability of species' extinctions under a changing climate. Consequently, reforestation should be managed with both adaptation and mitigation objectives in mind, so as to maximize synergies among these diverse roles, and to avoid trade-offs in which the achievement of one goal is detrimental to another. Management of increased forest cover must also incorporate measures for reducing the direct and indirect impacts of changing climate on reforestation itself. Here we advocate a focus on “climate-smart reforestation,” defined as reforesting for climate change mitigation and adaptation, while ensuring that the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on reforestation are anticipated and minimized. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Changement climatique, forêt tropicale, Reconstitution forestière, adaptation aux changements climatiques, séquestration du carbone, Aménagement forestier, Politique de l'environnement, Impact sur l'environnement, Politique forestière, Plantation forestière, Ressource en eau, Bassin versant, réduction des émissions, Effet de serre

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Monde

Mots-clés complémentaires : Service environnemental

Classification Agris : K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P40 - Meteorology and climatology
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Locatelli Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (PER) ORCID: 0000-0003-2983-1644
  • Catterall Carla P., Griffith University (AUS)
  • Imbach Pablo, CATIE (CRI)
  • Kumar Chetan, IUCN (USA)
  • Lasco Rodel D., ICRAF (PHL)
  • Marin-Spiotta Erika, University of Wisconsin (USA)
  • Mercer Bernard, Mercer Environment Associates (GBR)
  • Powers Jennifer S., University of Minnesota (USA)
  • Schwartz Naomi, Columbia University (USA)
  • Uriarte Maria, Columbia University (USA)

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