Commercial tree planting not biodiverse enough, environmentalists advocate for conserving intact ecosystems

Updated: Oct 4 2023 1:31PM

New Delhi, Oct 4 (PTI) Environmentalists argue that commercial planting of trees to offset carbon emissions might come with costs for biodiversity and other ecosystem functions.

Instead, they advocate for conserving and restoring intact ecosystems in their study published in the journal Cell Press.

"Current and new policy should not promote ecosystem degradation via tree plantations with a narrow view on carbon capture," write the authors, led by Jesus Aguirre-Gutierrez, Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, UK.