A new study has found that tropical forests could regenerate quickly with little or no human intervention.
Published in the journal Science, the research comes from a team of ecologists dedicated to the study of secondary forests — areas that regrow naturally after land clearing or grazing.
The study shows abandoned forests can regrow their old-growth features, including soil health, tree attributes and ecosystem functions, in as little as 10 to 20 years. Some forests studied recovered 100 per cent of old-growth attributes within the first 20 years of regrowth.
The findings make the case for site-specific, locally tailored regeneration that relies on natural regrowth wherever possible.
"Our findings show that tropical forest regrowth is an effective and low-cost, nature-based strategy for promoting sustainable development, restoring ecosystems, slowing climate change and protecting biodiversity," the researchers wrote in an article for The Conversation.
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