Trees perform an essential ecosystem service by removing (sequestering) carbon from the atmosphere, thereby serving to lower concentrations of greenhouse gases driving climate change. Through funding from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Winrock has developed tools that help practitioners around the world understand the rate at which tree planting activities sequester carbon.
The Global CO2 Removals Database offers annual carbon sequestration rates for forest landscape restoration (FLR) activities worldwide, including natural regeneration, planted forests and woodlots, agroforestry, and mangrove restoration. The sequestration rates were constructed by developing customized growth curves for these reforestation and afforestation practices using data from over 350 peer-reviewed studies.
The Forest Landscape Restoration Climate Impact Tool draws from the Global CO2 Removals Database and automatically estimates the amount of carbon sequestered from reforestation activities based on the geographic location and extent of FLR activities entered by the user.
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