Tree Frog Forestry News

Conserving and restoring forests won’t be cheap and easy after all

By Carol Clouse
February 10, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

…From Microsoft to JetBlue to Royal Dutch Shell, an increasing number of companies are seeking to offset a portion of their greenhouse gas emission by investing in forest protection and reforestation. This new corporate enthusiasm for trees could create the boon advocates of programs such as the United Nations’ REDD+ have longed for. However… the future of carbon offsetting through forestry will have to look very different from the past. …In reality, carbon offsetting through forest conservation and reforestation is far from simple and won’t be cheap — not if real, meaningful emissions reductions are the goal. To be effective, improvements will have to be made around the verification and monitoring of conservation projects, which have a long history of problems and have produced, at best, mixed results when it comes to reducing emissions. 

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