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Trade-offs between tree cover, carbon storage and floristic biodiversity in reforesting landscapes

Literature: Journal Articles

Hall, J.M., Holt, T.V., Daniels, A.E., Balthazar, V., Lambin, E.F. 2012, "Trade-offs between tree cover, carbon storage and floristic biodiversity in reforesting landscapes", Landscape Ecology.

Contact Info

Corresponding author:


  • Earth and Life Institute, Georges Lemaˆıtre Centre for Earth and Climate Research, University of Louvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, Flanagan Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
  • US Forest Service, Research and Development, Washington, DC, USA
  • School of Earth Sciences and Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA


Landscape Ecology

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  • This study investigates the relationships between an increase in tree cover area and changes in forest carbon storage and the potential of a landscape to provide habitat for native floristic biodiversity by analyzing four area experiencing an increase in tree cover in northwestern Costa Rica, northern Vietnam, southern Chile, and highland Ecuador.
  • The authors find that an increase in forest area alone does not necessarily mean that there is an increase in the provisioning of ecosystem services, especially when landscapes are reforested with monoculture plantations of exotic tree species. 
  • The authors recommend considering changes in the support of native biodiversity and the carbon storage of pulp rotation plantations before implementing reforestation projects. 

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