Planting tree farms - No panacea for the climate crisis

Why monoculture tree plantations undermine the climate fight and cause havoc on biodiversity

Forests are the most important natural carbon sinks on land – even if this is starting to weaken in some regions due to deforestation, degradation and first impacts of climate change. Trees have an amazing ability to pull carbon from the air and store it in their trunks, branches and leaves, transferring part of it into forest soils. This has led some climate mitigation projects to focus on increasing the overall number of trees. But not all ‘Nature Based Solutions’ are created equal. Some tree planting initiatives are downright dangerous for climate, biodiversity, and human wellbeing.