Natural forest regeneration as an alternative to active tree planting

According to the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, natural regeneration has its greatest potential in areas next to an existing forest. Assisted natural regeneration is the process of natural regeneration with little intervention such as removing competing plants or grazing animals.

Di Sacco A. et al. (2021) states that letting forests grow naturally should be the focus when conditions such as soil quality and proximity to existing forests are suitable.

Proponents of natural regenerations argue that this process needs to be taken more seriously in national and international efforts to mitigate climate and biodiversity crises.

UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization state that in national and international effort to increase tree cover, natural regeneration has been overlooked for several reasons such as lack of recognition of being a viable restoration option, incentives that favour clearing of young tree growth and uncertainty about processes and outcomes.

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