Poorly designed tree-planting campaigns could do more harm than good, according to Stanford researcher and others

The first-of-its-kind study reveals that subsidies for the planting of commercially valuable tree plantations in Chile resulted in the loss of biologically valuable natural forests and little, if any, additional carbon sequestration. Watch the video here.

By Rob Jordan

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Campaigns to plant huge numbers of trees could backfire, according to a new study that is the first to rigorously analyze the potential effects of subsidies in such schemes.


Last remnant of Chile’s Nothofagus alessandrii forests surrounded by forest plantations. (Image credit: Cristian Echeverría)

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