Reforestation Definition

by Laurent Cousineau
(Montreal)

Reforestation in Burkina Faso

Reforestation in Burkina Faso

Reforestation in Burkina Faso
Reforestation in Southern Oregon, USA

Reforestation consists of planting trees or entire forests on terrain that used to contain them.

Essentially, reforestation is used to bring back the environment to its former state following deforestation.

The Benefits of Reforestation

Firstly, reforestation can be used to improve the quality of human life since forests could soak up pollution and dust from the air.

Also, reforestation will rebuild natural habitats and ecosystems.

In fact, it will even help mitigate global warming since forests facilitate biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

In other words, the new trees will store carbon dioxide thus decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. This slows down the greenhouse effect which is responsible for climate change.

Moreover, reforestation will allow future harvests of resources, particularly timber. This will help local economies and thus reforestation is a great example of sustainable development.

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