Isnt it Boring?Imagine a forest landscape where every tree is aligned and equally spaced apart.Isnt A forest where there are no sounds, no undergrowth and a distinct lack of species. Could this be the fate of our environment as carbon forestry becomes a common way to offset greenhouse gas emissions? Or, could it supplement reforestation programs and slowly ease the biodiversity crisis?
According to a 2011 report by the monitoring and analysis agency Ecosystem Marketplace over 30 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) was contracted across forest markets in 2010. The emergence of carbon forestry is particularly evident in Australia, where an estimated sixty five thousand hectares of forests have been planted for the purpose of carbon sequestration. Similarly, more than one thousand hectares of ‘for purpose’ woodland have been created in the United Kingdom through the Forestry Commission, one of the country’s largest land managers.
- Evaluating carbon sequestration projects using the ‘Social Carbon’ methodology (nonstateactors.wordpress.com)
- Fungi could scupper soil carbon sequestration (environmentalresearchweb.org)
- Development of Carbon Markets in Agriculture and Forestry Have Potential to Address Climate Change, Save Landowners Money (prweb.com)
- Research looks at benefits of fertilising forestry (greenwood-management.com)
- Tree-planting initiatives may be needed – Carter (radionz.co.nz)