The global tree restoration potential

Bastin Jean-François, Finegold Yelena, Garcia Claude, Mollicone Danilo, Rezende Marcelo, Routh Devin, Zohner Constantin M., Crowther Thomas W.. 2019. The global tree restoration potential. Science, 365 (6448) : pp. 76-79.

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Abstract : The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation. We mapped the global potential tree coverage to show that 4.4 billion hectares of canopy cover could exist under the current climate. Excluding existing trees and agricultural and urban areas, we found that there is room for an extra 0.9 billion hectares of canopy cover, which could store 205 gigatonnes of carbon in areas that would naturally support woodlands and forests. This highlights global tree restoration as our most effective climate change solution to date. However, c limate change will alter this potential tree coverage. We estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory, the global potential canopy cover may shrink by ~223 million hectares by 2050, with the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics. Our result s highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Reconstitution forestière, Changement climatique, atténuation des effets du changement climatique

Classification Agris : K10 - Forestry production
P40 - Meteorology and climatology
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 6 (2019-) - Changement climatique

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Bastin Jean-François, Institute of Integrative Biology (CHE) - auteur correspondant
  • Finegold Yelena, FAO (ITA)
  • Garcia Claude, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (CHE) ORCID: 0000-0002-7351-0226
  • Mollicone Danilo, FAO (ITA)
  • Rezende Marcelo, FA0 (ITA)
  • Routh Devin, ETH (CHE)
  • Zohner Constantin M., ETH (CHE)
  • Crowther Thomas W., ETH (CHE)

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