Recovery of defective forests is a critical strategy for addressing climate change, with the potential for forests to store significant amounts of carbon in both trees and soil. However, despite extensive efforts to revitalize rivers forests around the world, the carbon storage potential of these forests is often ignored. Dr. Point Blue Conservation Science and a new effort from Santa Clara University. Researchers led by Kristen Dybala compiled carbon storage data from 117 publications, reports and other datasets in river forests around the world. This is the first example of assessing global results on the potential carbon storage benefits of riverside forests.
Researchers found that the average carbon content stored in ripe forest edge forests has the highest estimates for any other forest species, such as tropical or boreal forests. These estimates vary depending on the climate, but the average values of mature rivers forests range from 168 to 390 tonnes of carbon per acre on trees alone. Researchers can also expect more than three-fold, on average, when the soil carbon is transformed into a non-deforestation forest. However, as is the case with other forest species, the full introduction of these changes may vary for 40-90 years for more than 115 years for trees (depending on climatic conditions) and carbon for carbon.
"One of the most important things we found was the active renewal of the trees by overcoming this process," Dybala said. "If you look at the two forests, one of which is planted and naturally renewed, the restored forest in the forest earns more than twice the rate of naturally renewed forests in the first decade. But then the total amount after this point can be compared to the stored carbon." The strategy supports the important role of restoration.
The rivers ecosystems around the world are severely degraded, and large-scale restoration is a priority in many places, including the Central Valley in California and Brazil. The recovery of these ecosystems is known to benefit from recreational opportunities such as water quality, hunting and wildlife, which help to support the habitat and local economies for fish and wildlife. These new results demonstrate the significant additional benefit of carbon storage, which should increase the priority of restoration and maintenance of carbon dioxide forests.
Looking ahead, new tools and sources of funding are in place to plan and implement effective forest forest restorations. Countries around the world have pledged to restore degraded forests under the Bonn Challenge, a global responsibility for rebuilding forests as a climate mitigation strategy. Uz As these countries strive to achieve their goals, we hope that forests will be an important part of their strategy of restoring their forests, Dy says Dybala.
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