Tropical Forests Are No Longer Reducing Carbon Dioxide – They’re Releasing It…

Tropical Forests Are No Longer Reducing Carbon Dioxide – They're Releasing It...

Brazil — At the tail end of September, the findings from the most exhaustive study of tropical forests’ link to carbon emissions were published — and the conclusion was alarming.

Researchers found that the world’s tropical forests have become so degraded that they no longer act as an overall reducer of carbon dioxide. Rather, they function as a source.

“The forest is not doing what we thought it was doing,” Alessandro Baccini, one of the lead authors of the research team from Woods Hole Research Center and Boston University, told The Guardian.



“As always, trees are removing carbon from the atmosphere, but the volume of the forest is no longer enough to compensate for the losses,” he said. “The region is not a sink anymore.”

Another lead researcher, Wayne Walker, told The Guardian that the team’s findings should shock governments and institutions into taking serious steps to address the problem. And the best way to go about it, he said, is to transfer land rights to the indigenous peoples living in the forests.

That’s exactly what a new project led by Conservation International is aiming to do. If all goes according to plan, the 73 million trees that will sprout up over the next six years across the Brazilian Amazon will constitute the largest reforestation in history.

The “muvuca”strategy, which references a Portuguese term referring to several people in a small space, calls for as many as 2,000 indigenous locals to plant hundreds of native tree species across every meter of deforested land.

It’s a method rooted in the idea of natural selection, as only the strongest seeds will germinate, and the trees they grow into will be better adapted and far more resilient to the elements.

The part of the plan Walker and the team from Boston University should like most, however, is that while the locals will receive guidance and support from Conservation International and a coalition of other invested parties, it’s the indigenous people themselves who will own the project.

“This is not a stunt,” M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, told business magazine Fast Company“It is a carefully controlled experiment to literally figure out how to do tropical restoration at scale so that people can replicate it and we can drive the costs down dramatically.”

Payment is distributed evenly among participants, and indigenous families are able to earn around $700 per reforested hectare. Rodrigo Medeiros, Conservation International’s vice president of the Brazil program, says this is a win-win for all involved as the coalition gets labor at a fair price while families can maintain a livelihood and get recognition as owners of the land.

Medeiros told Fast Company that results from the two million trees already planted in this “controlled experiment,” as Conservation International CEO Sanjayan called it, are highly encouraging:

“With plant-by-plant reforestation techniques, you get a typical density of about 160 plants per hectare. With muvuca, the initial outcome is 2,500 species per hectare. And after 10 years, you can reach 5,000 trees per hectare. It’s much more diverse, much more dense, and less expensive than traditional techniques.” (via AntiMedia)

Grow your own food, raise your own livestock, produce your own power & learn the vital sustainable life skills of our forefathers. Join the movement towards a more self-sufficient lifeself. Click here to learn how.


Gardening & Self Sufficiency Lifestyle Tips!

Join over 220,000 people that get our organic gardening & self sufficiency lifestyle tips via email. Simply enter your name and best email address below and click the "Get Instant Access" Button now...

Leave a Comment:

(16) comments

This is why we MUST stop the land clearing!!!

Reply

And now they theorize that by manually overplanting the forest they will achieve a perfect balance. They’ll probably end up with some disease destroying the vegetation. Why do science know-it-alls always have to interfere with and manipulate nature? Why can’t they just leave it alone and let nature take it’s course as it did millions of years before man destroyed it?

Reply

    Yes. Those darn interfering scientists. They think they know everything.

    ?

    Reply

    Did you read the article, Deb Mik? “Let nature take it’s course” you say…”those damn know it all scientists” you say… So you don’t own and/or use stuff that’s, one way or another, got something to do with the deforesting?
    Start by looking for palmoil. I dare to say you use at least 10 product that contain palmoil. And by that, you are part of and co-responsable for the deforesting!

    Reply

    Man destroyed nature. Now man believes nature just needs to pull itself up by the bootstraps and pull its own weight.

    Reply

    That was before we all needed the products like writing paper , toilet paper, dont condemn , you are also one of the problems

    Reply

    Nature will pull itself up…at the cost of mankind. The earth was here long before we started destroying it and it will be long after we succeed!

    Reply

    Sven Tuinstra thank you, my point exactly

    Reply

    Sven Tuinstra Of course I read the article. Did you read my comment? You’re barking up the wrong tree. I support renewal and regeneration of the rainforest — but naturally, without human interference. Protect it and just let it be.

    Reply

Oh no ! As though we need more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere but the muvuca plan sounds a good one.

Reply

Fucking bullshit

Reply

Oh just… Just… FUCK OFF WITH THIS KIND OF SHIT! !

Reply

Normal fluctuation between two ice-ages.

Reply

This is just BS general rule of thumb for all plant life released oxygen through the day CO2 at night. A natural process.

Reply

Been saying for years, you all need to be growing piles of plants around your homes, then capturing as much leaves and branches into mulch and improve the soils, so it works for us, not against us.

Reply
Add Your Reply

Leave a Comment: