‘Scientists have mapped Brazil’s secondary forests and are now able to pinpoint the extent, age and location of regrowing vegetation anywhere in the country, opening up opportunities for incentive programs, monitoring and forest fire prevention.

According to their findings, 12% of total carbon emissions from Amazon deforestation have been offset by Brazil’s secondary forests, making natural regrowth an underestimated tool for mitigating global carbon emissions and regional ecosystem collapse.

About a third of Brazil’s lost forests have recovered naturally, but without halting deforestation of primary forest, regrowth efforts will be redundant in offsetting emissions, the study authors say.

Brazil’s secondary forest map can be used as proof that areas are being protected, making it easier to monitor and create incentives for farmers and landowners with secondary forests on their land.’ (…)

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