News Feature: The best strategy for using trees to improve climate and ecosystems? Go natural

DESERTIFICATION

Starting in 1985, 20 years of regeneration transformed barren, degraded land in the African Burkina Faso village of Ranawa into a fertile farm. Image credit: Chris Reij (World Resources Institute, Washington, DC).

Despite big headlines and big money devoted to massive tree-planting projects that pledge to stave off desertification, the most effective method may be nurturing native seeds, rootstocks, and trees.

John Carey – PNAS March 3, 2020 117 (9) 4434-4438; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2000425117https://www.pnas.org/content/117/9/4434

Near the start of the rainy season in June 1983, Tony Rinaudo hauled a load of trees in his truck to be planted in remote villages in the Maradi region of Niger. Driving onto sandy soil, Rinaudo stopped to let air out of his tires to get better traction, and was hit by a sense of futility. For years, the Australian missionary had been working to improve the lives of people in one of the poorest countries in Africa by…

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